National Spine Health Foundation

Empowering Patients with Knowledge and Hope

aka National Spine Health Foundation   |   Reston, VA   |  www.spinehealth.org

Mission

The National Spine Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving spinal health care through education, research, and patient advocacy. We educate Americans about the treatment and prevention of neck and back disorders. We prove what works, drive innovation, and support patients on their journey to spinal health.

Ruling year info

2002

CEO

Dr. Rita Roy

Main address

11800 Sunrise Valley Drive Suite 330

Reston, VA 20191 USA

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Formerly known as

Spinal Research Foundation

EIN

55-0803996

NTEE code info

Nerve, Muscle and Bone Diseases (G50)

Nerve, Muscle, Bone Research (H50)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The impact neck and back pain has on the American population is completely overlooked. Neck and back pain affect all aspects of life including physical health, mental health, and the economy. 100 million Americans suffer from neck or back pain every year. Not only does this pain affect a third of the US population but it makes these individuals four times more likely to become clinically depressed. Spinal pain is also the number two reason for doctor visits and the most common non-cancer related opioid prescription. Neck and back pain is the leading cause of job-related disability in the US costing the US economy $250 billion from 264 million lost work days per year. The national Spine Health Foundation works to educate, research, and advocate for patients to minimize the impact spine pain has on the US population.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SpineOnline

SpineOnline is a nationwide, multi-center technology project to prove the effectiveness of spinal treatment options. Through SpineOnline, NSHF intends to compile the definitive collection of provider and patient-reported treatment outcomes.

SpineOnline will enable treatment options to be evaluated using both physician and patient reported outcomes. This unique approach will allow us to uniformly collect information about spine treatments, their applications, and prove which treatments are the most effective and result in the best possible patient outcomes.

Population(s) Served

Spine-Talks™ is the premier educational platform designed to empower patients with knowledge and hope. Spine-Talks features nationwide, leading experts in spine health discussing current spine health topics you need to know.

Population(s) Served

Our Spinal Champions are building a community of support, inspiration, and hope, bringing together individuals who have achieved improved quality of life through treatment for their neck and back pain to share their own stories. Spinal Champions help others find strength, comfort, and peer-to-peer support in a community that understands including a private Facebook support group. We share their stories on our website, blog, the Get Back to It Podcast, and NSHF social media channels.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Our “Get Back to It” Podcast showcases the stories of inspiring Spinal Champions. These empowering individuals share their journeys, and the steps they took to heal from back or neck pain. Each month, we bring a new patient story and no two patients are alike. Whether it’s physical therapy, surgery or another method, the podcast demonstrates the wide variety of ways people find healing and freedom from pain.

Population(s) Served

Our award-winning research is nationally and internationally recognized. We critically evaluate treatment options from a patient perspective, independent of outside interests. We work continuously to gather quality national data on spine health, publish our findings in nationally recognized peer-reviewed journals, and present at national and international conferences. Our research is used by patients and their physicians to inform treatment plans for serious spinal conditions and medical researchers seeking to develop innovative new therapies, including artificial disc replacement, augmented reality, robotic guided surgery, and discogenic pain.

Population(s) Served

National Spine Health Foundation established its Research Institute in order to foster a collaborative research environment for students to gain experience and knowledge of the clinical spine health landscape. Our aim is to encourage the development of healthcare-focused students and drive collaboration in spine health research.

The Research Institute at National Spine Health Foundation gives highly motivated students the opportunity to play an integral role in investigating innovative spine treatments. This includes collaborating with top spine physicians and industry leaders on cutting edge treatments, informing and consenting patients on potential studies, culling and analyzing patient and clinician-driven data, and writing abstracts, papers, and reviews for eventual public consumption. The publications our Research Fellows assist with getting to press and podium helps the Foundation promote innovation and to prove what treatments work.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The National Spine Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving spinal health care through education, research, and patient advocacy. We educate Americans about the treatment and prevention of neck and back disorders. We prove what works, drive innovation, and support patients on their journey to spinal health.

With a diagnosis comes a whirlwind of emotions, and all too often, the patient is left feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, and lost. There is an astounding lack of knowledge surrounding each unique procedure in spinal health care. We distribute content to provide information about the benefits for differing spinal health care procedures so that the patient is able to make an informed, confident decision about what is best for them. The National Spine Health Foundation also drives innovation and proves what works to allow the best procedures to be available to the public. These actions provide the patient with hope, no matter how severe their condition may be.

Patient advocacy is the most unique part of the foundation as it provides patients with a voice and a platform for them to be heard. From the patient driven podcast to the Spinal Champion program, patients are given the opportunity to thrive with the support of each other. It is difficult to walk a path for the first time, but the support and information the National Spine Health Foundation provides is unparalleled and gives each unique spinal health treatment the best opportunity to succeed.

To improve spinal health care, the National Spine Health Foundation is targeting three major categories: Education, Research, and Patient Advocacy.

In education, we work to distribute information through multiple platforms to reach as many individuals as possible. From our podcast, to the Spine Health Journal, we are providing content about patients' stories, procedures, and technology. These actions target the lack of information revolving spine health and increase the amount of reliable, and accessible information.

In research, the National Spine Health Foundation works to prove what works and provide resources nationwide to perform multi-centered studies. The expansion of accessible information increases the reach the National Spine Health Foundation has by positively impacting exponentially more people.

In patient advocacy, we create a support network through our Spinal Champion® program. This will celebrate the strides individuals have taken on their path to spinal health. This support network will give patients hope and show them that it is possible to greatly improve or eliminate their neck or back pain. The goal of celebrating the accomplishments of Spinal Champion® is to bring hope back into their lives.

We focus on improving spinal health care through education, research, and patient advocacy to improve the lives of those with neck and back pain.

The National Spine Health Foundation is more than capable of improving spine health through education, research, and patient advocacy through its numerous programs promoting, and celebrating spine health.

In research, the National Spine Health Foundation runs SpineOnline®, a cloud-based research tool that enables nationwide, multi-centered studies which help prove the effectiveness of spinal treatment options. We also make important contributions to clinical research publications as well as supporting FDA clinical trial research. The research institute also provides hands-on experience to student interns from high school through graduate level students. We prove what works and drive innovation to improve spinal health.

In patient advocacy, we have the Spinal Champion® program that connects those who have pursued treatment and improved their quality of life, providing hope to others. We celebrate the achievements of spinal champions on their journey to spine health through the We've Got Your Back events and our gala that also celebrates spinal innovators, and industry partners. The National Spine Health Foundation supports policies and initiatives that offer much needed support to patients as they embark on their journey to spinal health.

We focus on improving spinal health care through education, research, and patient advocacy to improve the lives of those with neck and back pain.

The founders of the National Spine Health Foundation envisioned a non-profit, patient oriented organization that improves spinal health care through education, research, and patient advocacy. Tackling a problem that impacts 1/3rd of the US population seemed impossible but we have proven that, within a few short years, we can improve the understanding and procedures of spinal health care.

-The National Spine Health Foundation has contributed to removing the negative stigma attached to spinal fusions caused by the invasive procedures in the past.

-We have distributed hundreds of hours worth of patient stories, physician insights into spine health, and educational information that is all free to access.

-We have made significant contributions to clinical research papers that will prove the benefits of new technology and protocols.

-Our We've Got Your Back events have raised thousands of dollars in support of Spinal Champions® while also celebrating their unique journey to spinal health.

There is still a vast amount of work that needs to be done to further improve spinal health care. We are proud of the strides we have made in such a short time. The National Spine Health Foundation is excited for what the future holds because in a minimal amount of time, so much was accomplished. There is no telling the impact we will have in the next ten years.

Financials

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National Spine Health Foundation

Board of directors
as of 08/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brian Nault

BlueWater Federal Solutions, Inc.

Thomas Schuler

Virginia Spine Institute

Kevin Burke

Centuria

Ray Pugsley

Potomac River Running

Brian Nault

AOC Applied Technologies Corporation

Sheldon Buytenhuys

Medallia

Chris Good

Virginia Spine Institute

Gordon Taylor

Virginia Spine Institute

Jamie Harvey

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jennifer Maron

Patrick Collins

Atlantic Coast Mortgage

Dave Poley

Ed Albers

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/25/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Unknown
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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