Ambassador Network

Chronic pain patients are often ignored, misunderstood, and undertreated.

We must work together to change that.

 
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Become an ambassador

The U.S. Pain Ambassador Network isn’t just a network of volunteers–it’s a family. Many of our ambassadors form relationships that last a lifetime with their fellow pain warriors.

We also understand that, because of pain, finding the time and energy to volunteer can be difficult. That’s why the Ambassador Network is tailored to your needs and abilities. Many activities can be done from the comfort of your home. Examples of ambassador efforts:

  • Host an information table or awareness event in your community (can be at a hospital, a library, a statehouse… anywhere!)
  • Help distribute U.S. Pain materials and resources (e.g. ask to share with your doctor’s office, your local library, etc.)
  • Participate in different awareness campaigns year-round, such as Pain Awareness Month or KNOWvember

Ambassadors are eligible for special benefits, like trainings, webinars, and conferences. We hope you’ll join our ambassador family! If you have questions, email lori@uspainfoundation.org.

Toolkit

Our toolkit includes resources, information, and tips to help you advocate for your community!

Current opportunities

Get inspired with some ideas for taking action.

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.

Past honorees:

Pain warrior of the month: Richard Kreis

Pain Warrior of the Month: Mary Beth Lewis

Pain warrior of the month: Kim Freitas

Pain Warrior of the Month: LaQuinda McCoy

Pain Warrior of the Month: Bobbi Blades

Pain Warrior of the Month: Becca West

Pain Warrior of the Month: Kelly Ann Lewis (Starfire)

Pain Warrior of the Month: Charity Schussler

Pain Warrior of the Month: Elisa Friedlander

Pain Warrior of the Month: LaSheila Yates

Pain Warrior of the Month: Jenn Heater

Pain Warrior of the Month: Sue Ann Stelfox

Pain Warrior of the Month: Angelica “Heidi” Brehm

Pain Warrior of the Month: Ernest Merritt III

Announcing the 2018 Ambassador of the Year: Dawn Stancliff!

Pain Warrior of the Month: Nancy Harris Bonk

December’s Pain Warrior of the Month: Lynda Louisa Avallone

Pain Warrior of the Month: Jason Schutz

Pain Warrior of the Month: Mia Maysack

Pain Warrior of the Month: Lisa Davis-Budzinski

Pain Warrior of the Month: Dr. Sylvia Faircloth

Pain Warrior of the Month: Robert Thoms

Pain warrior of the month: Julian Phillips

Pain Warrior of the Month: JP Summers

Pain Warrior of the Month: Breanne Ramos

Michele Rice is the Joselynn Badman Ambassador of the Year

Pain Warrior of the Month: Krista Brack

Pain Warrior of the Month: Noelle Chelli Lopez

Pain Warrior of the Month: Timothy Eli Addo

Pain Warrior of the Month: Wendy Berggren Foster

Pain Warrior of the Month: Third Annual Pediatric Pain Camp attendees

Pain Warrior of the Month: Michele Rice

Pain Warrior of the Month: Jeannette Rotondi

Pain Warrior of the Month: Dawn Stancliff

Pain warrior of the month: Crystal Grieves

Pain Warriors of the Month: Laurie and Shawn Dickens

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The Joselynn Badman Ambassador of the Year Award

Nominations are being accepted NOW through Dec. 31, 2019.

A tribute to a fellow pain warrior who was active within U.S. Pain Foundation, The Joselynn Badman Ambassador of the Year Award is an annual recognition presented to a volunteer who has excelled in grassroots awareness and advocacy efforts for the pain community. The award is given to an ambassador and/or advocate who inspires others to make a positive difference by aligning with the organization’s mission to educate, connect, inform and empower pain warriors while advocating on behalf of the entire pain community.

How does the nomination process work?

U.S. Pain Foundation welcomes anyone to submit a nomination for an individual they feel deserves to be the recipient of this prestigious honor. The nominee, however, must be a pain ambassador, advocate and/or volunteer for U.S. Pain. The nomination committee is made up of five individuals from various departments within the organization, all of whom have direct contact with Pain Ambassadors and/or Advocates.

The nomination committee is charged with the following:

To select a U.S. Pain Foundation pain ambassador, advocate and/or volunteer who exemplifies a willingness to give back to the pain community through U.S. Pain Foundation-driven programs, initiatives and campaigns, while carrying out the organization’s mission to educate, connect, inform and empower those within the pain community.

Members of the nomination committee will additionally make its selection based on the nominee’s efforts and commitment of time, accomplishments, impact to the pain community and enhancement of the lives of others.

Nominations close on Dec. 31, 2019. Self-nominations are not permissible. The nominee will be notified that he/she has been recommended to receive the Ambassador of the Year Award and will then fill out additional information for the nomination committee to review.

Tips to make your nomination stand out

Make clear points.
Make clear points demonstrating what the pain ambassador, advocate and/or volunteer has accomplished. Who have they made an impact on, how many people did their volunteer activity affect and how did the nominee achieve this? How did your recommended nominee benefit U.S. Pain Foundation and/or the pain community?
Gain information about the nominee from others.
Ask for details about the pain ambassador, advocate and/or volunteer from others to strengthen the submission. Invite fellow volunteers to give you feedback and other ideas about the accomplishments of the nominee. Their insights can enhance the content that you submit within the application.
Create a unique picture of your nominee.
As this is a competitive process, your nomination application must stand out among all the others that have been submitted if your candidate is to be considered in the final selection process. Put yourself in the shoes of the nomination committee. The application will be judged by those who are highly active within the pain community and understand the mission of U.S. Pain Foundation. Make sure that your nomination clearly describes the uniqueness of your candidate.
Keep it brief.
As there is an impressive amount of U.S. Pain Foundation ambassadors and advocates, nomination committee members will have several applications to review. Well written, concise nominations are easier to read through. Remember to focus on quality instead of quantity!

SUBMIT A NOMINATION

 

Past recipients

 
2019 Ambassador of the Year: Ernie Merritt
Learn more about Ernie.

 
2018 Ambassador of the Year: Dawn Stancliff
Learn more about Dawn.

 
2017 Ambassador of the Year: Michele Rice.
Learn more about Michele.
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 About Joselynn Badman

An active and nurturing pain ambassador for several years, Joselynn Badman was an inspirational volunteer for others living with chronic pain who sought hope and support. Joselynn was able to provide comfort to those who felt their pain condition was not validated. A pain warrior since 2007, Joselynn learned to live life with pain and not in pain, despite the conditions she fought. While a volunteer for U.S. Pain Foundation, Joselynn was able to raise awareness within her state of Indiana, advocated for patient rights and educated others about issues impacting the chronic pain community.

In 2015, Joselynn courageously lost her pain battle, but her legacy lives on. Her willingness to always support the pain community for the greater good of others continues to shine throughout the efforts of the organization and those volunteers who were fortunate to have known Joselynn. She has inspired other ambassadors to become more actively involved with U.S. Pain Foundation initiatives and has touched the lives of each and every U.S. Pain team member.
U.S. Pain Foundation is honored to memorialize Joselynn’s dedication to the pain community through this unique and empowering award.