Thank you for your interest in starting a BHOF Support Group. Please review the information below and complete a support group application.

About BHOF Support Groups

Coping with the challenges of a new diagnosis or management of a condition can be difficult, and peer support can play a crucial role. Support groups provide people with the opportunity to learn from others in similar situations and reinforce the knowledge that they are not alone in facing difficult circumstances. Support groups can take many shapes and forms, including sharing meetings, educational meetings, or some combination of both.

Some important considerations before starting a support group include:

  • Who will coordinate and lead the group? Do you have a medical adviser or expert?
  • Where will the group meet? Is there already an existing group nearby?
  • Who will attend?
  • How frequently will the group meet?

The name of your support group and your email address will be posted on the BHOF website and on the BHOF Online Support Community hosted by Inspire. The online community has more than 50,000 members, many of whom would like to attend face-to-face meetings in their communities.

If you have questions about starting a support group, Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation Support Group Leader, Susan Recker, is available as a resource. Please contact her via email.

    Application Form

    *required field

    Is your support group sponsored or affiliated with an organization, medical group, retirement community, hospital or other group?

    Support Group Leader

    Secondary Contact (optional)

    Who will be the primary point of contact?*

    Medical Advisor

    Service Area

    What is the approximate size of the community or area your group will serve?*

    Do you anticipate working with a particular medical institution in the area?* If so, which one?

    Briefly describe your interest in starting an osteoporosis support group.

    Are you personally affected by osteoporosis?

    Have you ever attended or led a support group?

    Please share any additional information you'd like regarding your support group plan here.

    Intended meeting location of your support group.*

    How frequently will you meet?*

    Please note any months when meetings won't be held.

    Meeting Day of the Week

    Meeting Time

    Additional Comments

    For the NOF Online Support Group Directory

    Name your group (NOTE: When naming, it is useful to identify your group's location.)

    If you wish to avoid using your person email address for display purposes, consider creating a new email address via gmail and formatting your address similar to the following – or

    Description of your group’s goals and areas of interest*

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