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The mobile pain management app, Ouchie, is offering a unique opportunity for U.S. Pain Foundation volunteers. This free app, which is available for iOS and Android, gives people living with pain access to valuable resources, a supportive community, and tracking tools, and then rewards them for daily accomplishments. By selecting that you are a U.S. Pain volunteer, you can unlock even more milestones to win Amazon gift cards.

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U.S. Pain Foundation’s Pain Connection has launched several new support groups. Four of the new groups are in-person: two have already begun meeting in Vancouver, WA, and Pascua Yaqui Tribe, AZ; two additional groups will begin meeting in Sacramento, CA, and in Bloomington, IN, in June and August, respectively. Full details are available on the Pain Connection website. In addition, the Pain Connection Live conference call support group is now meeting for a new, third session each month, on Saturdays at 11 am EST.

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From left, Palanker, Lemiska, and Steinberg.

On May 30 and 31, U.S. Pain National Director of Policy and Advocacy Cindy Steinberg traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the inaugural meeting of the Pain Management Best Practices Intra-Agency Task Force. The task force is comprised of 28 experts chosen by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Steinberg is the only patient representative who was selected as a member.

The task force was established to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain. HHS oversees all federal health agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Melissa Dwyer, who took her own life at age 22 due to chronic migraine disease, is among the stories highlighted.

The INvisible Project: Migraine second edition was published at the end of May, just in time for the start of Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. The magazine features the stories and photos of 10 individuals living with migraine and headache disorders, building on the first INvisible Project: Migraine edition that was released last year.

“We are so thrilled to once again highlight the challenges and triumphs of people living with migraine and headache disorder,” says Nicole Hemmenway, interim CEO of U.S. Pain. “This population is too often overlooked and undertreated.”

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