September is Pain Awareness Month
Let's Talk Pain Coalition Launches!
is pleased to announce the collaboration with two other
leading pain organizations, the American Academy of Pain
Management and the American Society for Pain Management
Nursing, in the launching of the Let's Talk Pain Coalition, a
first of its kind to unite the perspectives of patients,
caregivers, and healthcare professionals. The core of this
work is to encourage people to talk more about pain,
listen actively and act in ways that improve care
for the millions of people who live with pain. A
new interactive website
will provide visitors with comprehensive information and tools
to help enhance the dialogue between those affected by pain
and healthcare professionals. A recent national survey
commissioned by the Coalition uncovered the need for improved
communication between patients and their physicians.
APF Enters World of Social Media!
is expanding into the online communications world. There will be more
soon with the unveiling of our improved website before the year ends,
but for now, check out our videos on
Join Together - Make a Difference!
care advocates across the country are engaging in activities promoting
Pain Awareness Month to focus public attention on pain as a national
healthcare problem. This is a time for uniting and doubling our efforts
to raise awareness about the undertreatment of pain – a time to break
down barriers that prevent those living with pain from getting the help
they desperately need, and - a time to take action.
Listen to Lois, Glenda, and Vicky, three APF Volunteer Advocates
talk about how they make a difference.
and hear audio interviews with pain experts on the topic of Pain in the Workplace
through APF’s collaboration with Small Business Television (SBTV.com).
Scroll down to hear podcasts including A Pain Patient Friendly
Workplace, Americans with Disabilities Act: What Employers Need to Know
and Pain in the Workplace.
Here are some simple, but powerful ways you
can make a difference:
Add your voice to the movement working to get national
legislation passed. In a few simple steps you can compose and
forward a letter to your Congressperson asking them to sign onto
pain bills as a sponsor.
Join APF’s Power Over Pain advocacy network so that you’ll be in the know about movement on this pain bill as it
- Visit the
September is Pain Awareness Month section of our website to
download valuable tools to help with your pain advocacy efforts. You
can find information about hosting a Power Over Pain presentation,
and reaching out to your local media to raise awareness about the
problems with the under treatment of pain. Consider writing an op-ed
piece or submitting a letter to the editor of your local paper. Our
PAM toolkit contains easy to use templates for media outreach.
- Check out the Pain Awareness Month
planned activities and connect with your
POPAN state leader.
If you’ve been thinking about getting
involved with this growing movement, today can be the day to make a
difference in the lives of 76.5 million Americans suffering from
chronic pain. Let us combine our voices and our muscle to demand better
access to better pain care!
CLICK HERE for a press release about Pain Awareness Month.
CLICK HERE for a press release about the APF collaboration with
SBTV.com and Pain in the Workplace.
Spotlight on Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia: Getting the Information and Care You Deserve
acknowledges that living with chronic widespread
pain can be tough. But the more you learn, the better you will feel. There is
hope for people with this kind of pain, which may be diagnosed as a condition
APF Board Members Speak About Pain on Health Radio Show
Board Members Maggie Buckley and Michael H. Moskowitz, M.D., M.P.H. talk
about pain from a patient and provider perspective on Body Language.
Body Language is a one-hour program bringing information and empowering
consumers to expand the conversation about health and wellness.
Click to hear the 14 minute segment: The Undertreatment of Pain
in America vs. the War on Drugs and How Real Pain Patients are the
For more information, read APF's position statement:
Call for Balance in Coverage of Prescription Drug Abuse vs Access to
Effective Pain Management.
here for the full one hour show on pain including discussions about
placebos, kids and yoga, and migraines.
2008 Combined Federal Campaign Begins On September 1st
Employees Can Now Designate APF! Are you a federal employee? If so and you
participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the world’s largest annual
workplace charity campaign, you can now designate the American Pain Foundation
as a recipient of your generosity by listing Designation Code 22290 on
your pledge sheet! The registration period for the CFC begins on September 1st
and ends December 15th. Your donation will be tax
deductible. CFC information and registration forms should be distributed to you
by your supervisor or human resource representative. If you have not participated in the CFC before or simply would like to
learn more, visit
If you have a family member or friend employed by the federal
government, please share this information with them. Thank you in
advance for your continued support to the American Pain Foundation!
Fall 2008 Pain Community News Now Available
Fall 2008 issue of
Pain Community News is now posted online. Inside this issue: Intimacy &
Pain, Key Barriers to Optimal Pain Care, Fast Facts on Complex Regional Pain
Syndrome, Healing Power of Pets, Top 10 Tips For Finding Quality Health
Information Online, and much more!
Life Love & Health
collaborates with Life Love & Health to provide a series of brief
messages about pain. Life Love & Health has become America's most
listened to daily health and lifestyle program, reaching millions of
listeners via XM, CNN, Fox, ESPN, Sirius, Voice of America,
www.HealthRadio.net Internet radio, Public
Radio affiliates and Wal-Mart Radio.
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