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ADVOCACY ALERT -Help Improve Pain Care

Post  byrd45 on Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:04 pm

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From: byrd45 (Original Message) Sent: 11/1/2007 12:04 PM


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To All Pain Advocates and Members of the American Pain Foundation,

The American Pain Foundation, The American Cancer Society and the Pain Care Forum in cooperation with Representative Lois Capps (D-CA-23) and Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI-Cool and are pleased to announce:

A Congressional Briefing:
"National Pain Policy: Tackling Barriers to Proper Pain Management"
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Noon to 1:30 pm, Rayburn House Office Building, Rm. 2218
Located at Independence Avenue and S. Capitol St., SW

The purpose of the briefing is to educate Congress on the serious need for federal policy reform affecting pain management.

This briefing provides an immediate action opportunity to spread the word and urge everyone concerned about pain care in America, to fax or email their Representatives to encourage their attendance at this briefing!

It is critical to generate large Congressional attendance, in order to:

Increase their awareness that pain is a major public health problem and there is a critical need to improve access to appropriate pain care.
Emphasize the serious need to increase pain management training for healthcare professionals as well as public education.
Call for support in creating a national agenda for pain research.
Increase co-sponsorship of the National Pain Care Policy Act of 2007, H.R.2994!
It is quick and easy, but can make a big difference!
Our system will send a fax or e-mail for you!
Contact your Congressional representatives and encourage them to attend and/or send a representative to this important briefing.
Please share this with groups or organizations that you are a part of and urge their members to contact their representative about this briefing. You can direct them to and click on Take Action Now!
Forward this message to anyone you believe is concerned about improving pain care in America.
It is vitally important to impress upon our elected officials that they can make a difference in the lives of millions of their constituents who are currently suffering unnecessarily.


Scott Fishman, M.D., is a leading pain medicine clinician, researcher, teacher, lecturer and writer. He is Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of California, Davis, and Board certified in Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Hospital and Palliative Medicine, and Pain Medicine.

Carmen R. Green, M.D., is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University Of Michigan Medical School as well as an attending physician at the Center for Interventional Pain Medicine, Director for Pain Research, founding Chair of the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) Pain Management Steering Committee, and former Medical Director for the Acute Pain Service at UMHS. Her research examines the effects of sociodemographic factors on pain management and health outcomes as well as clinician variability in pain management decision-making and the quality of pain care.

Mary Vargas, J.D., is a lawyer, pain patient, and active advocate on behalf of others in pain. Following a debilitating auto accident at the age of 23, Mary faced many barriers to getting proper treatment of her pain. She now advocates on behalf of pain patients and their families through the American Pain Foundation and the Maryland Pain Initiative and speaks frequently on disparities in the treatment of pain.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about this briefing and the National Pain Care Policy Act, go to and click on Take Action Now.

Write your Congressional Representative so they can learn about the tragic personal and economic effects of the undertreatment of pain!

There is strength in numbers!

Thank you for being part of this effort to Unite Voices of Hope and Power Over Pain.

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