07 Sep Partners for Understanding Pain
Pain is cited as the most common reason Americans access health care. It is a leading cause of disability and it is a major contributor to health care costs. It is important that your voice is heard if we are to improve the care of people with headache and other pain conditions.
The National Headache Foundation joins 56 other organizations in the Partners for Understanding Pain. The partnership is organized by the American Chronic Pain Association and is committed to helping those with chronic, acute, and cancer pain lead better lives. It strives to create greater understanding among health care professionals, individuals and families struggling with pain, the business community, legislators, and the public that pain is a serious public health issue.
The month of September is Pain Awareness Month. The National Headache Foundation and other Partners for Understanding Pain work to raise public awareness of headache and other issues in pain and pain management. We can’t do it alone, however.
We need everyone to get involved to promote Pain Awareness Month and to help those with chronic, acute, and cancer pain.
There are many things you can do in support of the partnership’s mission and suggestions can be found on the American Chronic Pain Association website. Ways that you can let your voice be heard include:
- Talking with family and friends.
- Sharing stories about Pain Awareness Month and the Partners for Understanding Pain on social media.
- Write a letter to your governmental representatives. (Find a sample letter on theacpa.org.)
- Contact your local media and ask if they are doing a story on Pain Awareness Month.
- Make a donation to the National Headache Foundation or another partner.
Together our voices can make a difference.