Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy - Sitting Down in DC

This meeting is by INVITATION ONLY!

As patients and as advocates with and for chronic pain issues, it is important to know that we are supported and that others are moving forward in an effort to improve the way pain is perceived, judged, and treated.  Following is the agenda for the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy  for the upcoming meeting January 26 - 28, 2014 in Washington DC. People representing organizations that support  IOM report "Relieving Pain in America"will be traveling great distances as they come together for this collaborative effort.

Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS)
2nd Annual  Meeting
January 26-28, 2014
One Washington Circle Hotel, Washington, DC

Meeting purpose:  Gather those involved in PAINS, leaders at HHS, other policy makers, funders and other key stakeholders to review and discuss the state of pain, importance of a public health approach, promising innovations/projects, and what it will take to establish chronic pain as a major public health issue.

Activity and Speakers/Presenters
Sunday, January 26

6 – 7:30 pm
Welcome Dinner –
Myra Christopher, PAINS Director
Dr. Kathy Foley, Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering
                             Cancer Center Chair
Monday, January 27

7:45 – 8:30 am
Breakfast and Networking

8:45 – 9:00
Welcome and overview of the day –
Richard Payne, PAINS Medical Director

9:00 – 9:45
The state of pain – a post IOM report update
Anand Parekh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health
(Science and Medicine)

9:45 – 10:45
Why a public health approach to pain –
Jim Burdine, School of Rural Public Health, Texas A & M
Michael Felix, PAINS Community Health Network Development Director

10:45 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:20
HHS Health Literate Care Model  –
Linda Harris, HHS

11:20 – 11:45
Innovations in patient-centered outcomes research –
Suzanne Schrandt, PCORI
Kim Kimminau, PAINS Research Consultant

11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Lunch and remarks –
Phil Pizzo, Chair of IOM Task Force:  Relieving Pain in America

12:45 – 2:15
Promising Community Practice Innovations/Projects
·         Oregon’s statewide efforts to  transform pain care –
Jennifer Wagner, Western Pain Society
·         Successful chronic disease self-management focused on pain - Orvie Prewitt, Regional Arthritis Center
·         Community based practice guidelines for a biopsychosocial approach to pain management – Dr. Vikas  Agarwal , Heartland Health Center, St. Joseph, Missouri

2:15 – 2:30 pm

Monday, January 27

2:30 – 4:00
Discussion of current efforts to “transform the way pain is perceived, judged and treated”, including the work of PAINS and that of others
·         Progress
·         Trends
·         Opportunities and challenges
Myra Christopher, PAINS Director

Adjourn and break until reception

5:30 – 7:00

Reception - A Nation in Pain: Healing our Biggest Health Problem Remarks and book sale and signing by Judy Foreman, author and nationally syndicated health columnist


Tuesday, January 28

7:30 – 8:45 am
Note:   Lounge space will be open until
             10 am for networking opportunities

8:00 – 10:00
PAINS Steering Committee Meeting

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
HHS efforts to develop an interactive educational video focused on strategies for effective chronic back pain management and informed patients based on the Health Literate Care Model and discussion on how to maximize the tool’s effectiveness and impact – Linda Harris, HHS and Yael Harris, HHS

12:30 – 1:30

1:30 – 3:30
Facilitated discussion on the potential unintended consequences of opioid control programs, and recommendations for policy research or action at state and federal level  - Katie Horton George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Service’s  Department of Health Policy and Kima Taylor, Open Society Foundation

2nd Annual PAINS meeting adjourns – safe travels home!

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All answers and blogs are based on the author's opinions and writing and are not meant to replace medical advice.  

Celeste Cooper is a retired RN, educator, fibromyalgia patient, and lead author of the Broken Body Wounded Spirit: Balancing the See Saw of Chronic Pain devotional series (coauthor, Jeff Miller PhD), and Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection (coauthor, Jeff Miller PhD) She is a fibromyalgia expert for Dr. Oz, et al., at, here, and she advocates for all chronic pain patients as a participant in the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy, here. You can read more educational information and about her books on her website,

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