By Ed Coghlan.
When pain patients complain about the lack of a national pain strategy, many advocates say the battle is isn’t in Washington—it’s in the states.
“In reality”, they say, ”there are 50 different pain strategies—one for each state.”
Another axiom is that things happen in California are a harbinger of things to come nationally.
If those two comments are true—then what is happening in California on November 2 is something to which we should all pay attention.
For Grace will host its Change Agent Pain Summit: Part Two in Los Angeles and via live worldwide webcast.
For event details, including agenda, please visit forgrace.org.
Over 100 California thought-leaders and luminaries in pain management (physicians, payers, administrators, policy makers, etc.) will gather to develop a California Pain Strategy. The goal is to localize key recommendations from the National Institutes of Health’s National Pain Strategy in the Golden State.
In September 2017, Summit: Part One brought together people impacted by chronic pain and their caregivers to learn about the National Pain Strategy and the benefits of integrative pain management which utilizes alternative and complementary therapies. Ultimately, the day discovered from real-life chronic pain sufferers what barriers they face to getting optimal care and how to accelerate solutions for better pain control. Information gleaned from that September event will be shared at this year’s summit.
“The National Pain Strategy, which calls integrative care best practice for pain relief, is THE answer. This Summit will lead to its implementation in California, the biggest state in the union, and be a model for the rest of the nation,” said Cynthia Toussaint, founder of For Grace and a nationally recognized leader for the right of women who suffer chronic pain.
The Summit aims to craft actionable items to positively transform pain management in California based on these objectives:
- Improve pain care for California’s six to seven million individuals challenged by chronic pain
- Implement core recommendations from the National Institutes of Health’s National Pain Strategy in the Golden State
- Promote the Integrative Pain Care model to decrease the burden of opioid use
The day-long Summit will kick-off at 9am on November 2nd. During the morning session, a keynote speech providing a comprehensive overview of the National Pain Strategy as well as a current assessment of pain management will be presented jointly by Dr. Sean Mackey, Chief of Division Pain Management, Stanford University, and Christin Veasley, Oversight Panel Member, National Pain Strategy and Co-Founder & Director, Chronic Pain Research Alliance.
Later that morning, a Summit panel will cover key Strategy recommendations (Service Delivery and Payment, Prevention and Care, Medical Education and Disparities.) Panelists include Dr. Mackey, Dr. Wayne Jonas, Executive Director, Samueli Integrative Health Programs, Dr. Steven Richeimer, Chief of Pain Medicine, University of Southern California, Dr. Roger Fillingim, Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, University of Florida, and Diane Hoffmann, Law Professor, University of Maryland.
For those who would like to view the Summit, a free, live, world-wide webcast will be available via For Grace’s website. The webcast is made possible through a collaboration with TVPLive.com.