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.
Ornella, Kristen and myself set up a Pain Connection table in the Universities at Shady Grove Café to promote Pain Connection’s services and to raise awareness of the barriers surrounding chronic pain management. We also wanted to gain a better understanding of the best media outlet to reach out to individuals. Everyone that came up to the table filled out a quick online survey that Kristen had developed. (more…)
As a public health science major I hear the term chronic illness on a daily basis. Chronic pain however, is new to me, which is strange considering I now know that 100 million of U.S adults alone suffer from chronic pain. Why is chronic pain not being discussed as it should be? What barriers are preventing chronic pain from getting the recognition is deserves? What is it like to live with chronic pain? (more…)