PAINS brings together leaders working in professional societies, advocacy organizations, policy groups, consumers, third-party payers and people living with chronic pain to share ideas, collaborate on policy, and build bridges to promote comprehensive chronic pain management as the standard of care.
The National Pain Strategy recommends a national public awareness campaign involving public and private partners to address misconceptions and stigma about chronic pain. In 2016, private foundations funded PAINS to develop and implement No Longer Silent (NLS), a public education and communication initiative. NLS is designed to educate the public about chronic pain as a disease, reframe the current public dialogue regarding comprehensive pain management and accurately articulate the relationship between chronic pain and the opioid epidemic.
Public engagement, bringing citizens together to talk openly about values, beliefs, perceptions, and experiences for the purpose of solving problems within their communities, is a key driver of change. In 2013, PAINS established PAINS-KC, a Citizen/Leader Advisory Group. This highly diverse group of approximately 50 people who live with chronic pain and their family caregivers meets monthly. Members of PAINS-KC advise PAINS and researchers across the country.
Policy and Advocacy
PAINS provides expertise, technical assistance and well-researched, objective information to policymakers and organizations at local, state and national levels to advocate for legislative and regulatory initiatives to positively impact people living with chronic pain.