Friday March 18, 2016, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services released the National Pain Strategy outlining the federal government’s first coordinated integrative approach to reduce the burden and prevalence of chronic pain. The National Pain Strategy was developed by six federal agencies and a diverse group of experts to provide the millions of Americans with chronic pain access to safe and effective evidence-based care and to address the gaps in pain treatment, prevention, education, research and consequential public health challenges.
View the PDF of the National Pain Strategy.
Unfortunately since the release, there has been very little media attention surrounding the National Pain Strategy.
All media publicity went to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, that was released a few days before the National Pain Strategy.
In response nearly 70 health-related organizations, including Pain Connection, have joined forces by reaching out to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to ensure the National Pain Strategy is implemented in a timely and coordinated fashion.
To gain a social media presence, within the 70 organizations, the Members of the Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force, via the State Pain Policy Advocacy Network, created a #NationalPainStrategy implementation post for a coordinated social media push, encouraging members’ and supporters to like, share and comment on as many different social media outlets.
#NationalPainStrategy has reached almost 250K individuals with almost 700K impressions, most came from Twitter. And the original Facebook post has reached over 11,000, resulting in 1,377 reactions, comments and shares.