Every day, a variety of bills that directly affect people living with chronic pain are considered at the state and federal level.
We must work together and take action on these issues to ensure our voices are heard.
Become an advocate
Our advocacy program is tailored to our community, which means we completely understand if you have limited time and energy. We’re delighted with however much time you can give—even if it’s just five minutes a week! We work hard to ensure your volunteer experience is as positive, fun, and rewarding as possible.
Examples of advocate efforts:
- Pen op-eds and letters to the editor about issues affecting those with chronic pain
- Share your pain warrior story with policymakers through emails, calls, and even in-person meetings
- Testify for or against bills and policies at the state and federal level
- Participate in lobby days on behalf of U.S. Pain
This is only a quick glimpse into the possibilities for volunteering with U.S. Pain — whatever your interests and abilities, there’s an opportunity for you!
Resources in the toolkit include:
- Ways to advocate
- Key issues reference sheet
- Information on calling, emailing, and meeting with legislators
- Tips on writing op-eds and letters to the editor
- Media policy
Below are all current engagements at the state and federal level.
There are two ways we recognize exceptional volunteers:
1. Ambassador of the Year Award
Each year, we honor an ambassador or advocate who has gone above and behind through the “The Joselynn Badman Ambassador of the Year Award.” To learn more, visit the award page
2. Pain Warrior of the Month
Pain Warriors of the Month are volunteers (ambassadors and/or advocates) who have gone above in beyond in contributing to U.S. Pain. Pain Warriors of the Month are announced in the newsletter each month and receive a certificate.