The United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc (UOAA) is a nonprofit organization with a mission and vision.
UOAA is an association of affiliated, nonprofit, support groups who are committed to the improvement of the quality of life of people who have, or will have, an intestinal or urinary diversion. It is dedicated to the provision of information, advocacy and service to, and for, its affiliated support groups, their members and the intestinal/urinary diversion community at large.
The UOAA is comprised of over 300 Affiliated Support Groups (ASGs) nationwide. We are an organization that strives to provide education to all and promote awareness, thus eliminating the stigmas and fears that surround this surgical intervention. The UOAA functions on donations provided by its members, ASGs (affiliated support groups) and other donors. We are an organization that collaborates with the WOCN (Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses) Society, TSA (Transportation & Safety Administration), the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colorectal Surgeons to promote the overall health and well being of its membership.
An ostomy is a diversion of the intestinal or urinary tract to provide either a diversion of fecal or urine matter. People who are faced with this surgery face a great deal of change in their lives, including but not limited to, body image adjustments, life style adjustments and dietary adjustments. There are different reasons why one may face ostomy surgery, including but not limited to: Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, cancer, trauma, and birth defects. Each individual is given a ‘stoma’ which is the portion of the intestine that is brought to the surface of the abdomen to provide evacuation of waste. Most people who have ostomy surgery need to wear an external pouch/prosthetic to collect the waste.
The UOAA provides Regional Conferences, on the even years; Leadership seminars, and National conferences, on the odd years. These conferences provide the membership with educational sessions, social sessions and involvement with the manufacturing companies that provide the prosthetics that are worn. Our latest conference was a National Conference held in Reno, NV in August of 2011. The next National Conference is scheduled to be held in Jacksonville, FL in August of 2013. At the National conferences, we provide outstanding, well known surgeons, physicians and nurses to provide educational sessions, hands on ostomy care, and insight to changes in procedures or treatments.