On Tuesday, April 12, nearly 70 different organizations — including the American Academy of Pain Management — signed on to a letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to urge swift implementation of the National Pain Strategy.
“Millions of Americans — many of whom have bravely and honorably served their country – are counting on Congress to see the National Pain Strategy through to completion. We can’t afford to stop now. We urge the Committee to help transform the NPS from words on a page to meaningful change in the lives of Americans by requesting a written implementation plan and corresponding budget from the Department of Health and Human Services, to be submitted within 60 days of the Committee’s request.”
This letter was spearheaded by the Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force (CPATF) – a coalition of 16 consumer organizations united with one goal – to work collectively to promote, support and monitor the implementation of the National Pain Strategy. It’s not too late: CPATF will continue to add new signers to the letter and keep it updated to share during upcoming visits on the Hill. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force
The Burden: Pain affects 100 million American adults at an annual cost of over $600 billion, exceeding that of any other priority health condition in our nation.
The Solution: “Addressing the nation’s enormous burden of pain will require a cultural transformation in the way pain is assessed, understood and treated.” (IOM, 2011)
CPATF’s Role: Collaboration through collective action.
The Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force (CPATF) is a coalition of 16 consumer organizations working to improve the well-being of those living with pain. The CPATF is united with one goal: To work collectively to promote, support and monitor the implementation of the National Pain Strategy.
Members of the task force believe:
- Chronic pain is a real and complex disease that may exist by itself or be linked with other medical conditions.
- Chronic pain is both an under-recognized and under-resourced public health crisis with devastating personal and economic impact.
- Effective chronic pain care requires access to a wide range of treatment options, including biomedical, behavioral health and complementary treatment.
- Denying appropriate care to people with chronic pain is unethical and can lead to unnecessary suffering, depression, disability and even suicide.
Christin Veasley, Co-Founder of the Chronic Pain Research Alliance, explains more about CPATF in the video below:
Task Force Members
- American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
- American Chronic Pain Association
- Chronic Pain Research Alliance
- Global Healthy Living Foundation
- International Pain Foundation (iPain)
- Interstitial Cystitis Association
- National Fibromyalgia Chronic Pain Association
- National Patient Advocate Foundation
- Pain Connection
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association
- State Pain Policy Advocacy Network
- The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy
- TMJ Association
- The Pain Community
- US Pain Foundation