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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
  • Participate in or host a fundraiser (online or in-person)

How it works:

  1. Sign up to become an ambassador by completing a short questionnaire (link below).
  2. After you complete the questionnaire, you’ll become a “junior ambassador.”
  3. Complete three tasks as a junior ambassador to earn the “ambassador” title and receive a certificate and ambassador package!

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.

Ambassador toolkit

Once you sign up as an ambassador, you will receive a welcome email and a password to access the ambassador toolkit, which has resources to help you to maximize your impact on behalf of the chronic pain community. If you already are an ambassador and haven’t received the password, email lori@uspainfoundation.org.

Resources in the toolkit include:

  • Ways to engage
  • Proclamations resources
  • Beautify in Blue resources
  • Light up the Landmark resources
  • Media policy
  • Code of Conduct policy

And more!

Current opportunities

There are many ways to get involved. Here are just a few ideas!

  1. Participate in a U.S. Pain webinar or Twitter chat
  2. Share U.S. Pain posts on social media
  3. Take part in U.S. Pain surveys (usually sent via email or in eNews)
  4. Share your story
  5. Distribute U.S. Pain materials, like the INvisible Project, to your doctor’s office
  6. Host an information table at a local hospital, library, community center, health fair, etc.
  7. Give a talk at your workplace, school, or a local city council meeting about U.S. Pain and life with chronic pain
  8. Participate in Beautify in Blue by hanging U.S. Pain ribbons/signage in your town or other community location
  9. Annual efforts:
    1. Participate in Pain Awareness Month in September by obtaining a city or state proclamation; getting a landmark or building to light up in blue; or writing an op-ed
    2. Participate in Rare Disease Day each year on February 28 by hosting an information table or giving a talk
    3. Help commemorate Migraine and Headache Awareness Month in June through events, talks, etc.
  10. Attend a Take Control of Your Pain or other U.S. Pain event and help with setup, sign in, etc.
  11. Host an Alex and Ani or Bravelets fundraiser
  12. Host a fundraising event, like a Dine to Donate event or Points for Pain
  13. Sign up and participate in the Advocacy Network
  14. Refer another volunteer to sign up

For questions on how to get started, email lori@uspainfoundation.org.

Latest ambassador news

KNOWvember webinars on pediatric pain now available to watch

Watch now: Chronic pain and the risk of suicide

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

INvisible Project: Pediatric second edition published

Fight Gone Bad raises $22,000

U.S. Pain hosts first-ever pediatric pain retreat in Disney

Chronic pain and the risk of suicide: A staggering crisis, and what to do about it

Pediatric Pain Warriors Disney retreat slideshow

You shop, U.S. Pain benefits!

Advocacy Network launches online training series

Pain Warrior of the Month: Jason Schutz

Nominations are open for Ambassador of the Year

Empower your family this KNOWvember

KNOWvember campaign to focus on kids with pain

Thank you for making 2018 Pain Awareness Month a success!

Pain Awareness Week 4 slideshow

Everything you need to know about clinical trials

Ouchie launches new series highlighting patient voices

U.S. Pain announces collaboration with Pain Care Labs

Pain Awareness Month: Always aware of my chronic pain

Pain Awareness Week 2 slideshow

Unite with pain warriors this September

Announcing the new U.S. Pain blog, “Remedy”

Pain Awareness Month 2018: Week 1

Four online events about chronic pain this month

Pain Awareness Week 3 slideshow

U.S. Pain launches #PainWarriorsUnite campaign in honor of Pain Awareness Month

To be their advocate: A personal letter from one parent to another

I can see a little more clearly now

Kids find hope, community at 2018 Pediatric Pain Camp

Pain Awareness Month is almost here!

Looking back at 2018 Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

2018 Pediatric Pain Camp slideshow

“From Ow To Om” explores mindfulness for pain

Learn how to use mindfulness to reduce pain and stress on July 17

Making a difference: Pediatric pain warrior raises money with “Penny Wars for Pain”

September’s Pain Awareness Month puts patient voices in the spotlight

Pain Warrior of the Month: Lisa Davis-Budzinski

Pain Awareness Month preparations have begun

U.S. Pain hosts third annual gala with special guest Karen Duffy

May webinar features Q&A with ChronicBabe

ASA names U.S Pain “End Pain, Not Lives” Champion of the Year

Kicking off Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

Ouchie offering special rewards for U.S. Pain volunteers

Pain Connection launches new support groups in WA, AZ, CA, and IN

Learn how to thrive with chronic pain on May 15

“A Mile In Our Shoes” — A Documentary Film Premiere For People of All Abilities

Help support U.S. Pain’s major annual fundraising event

U.S. Pain announces new program, Disney retreat

Volunteers needed to help prepare for Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

Training future support group leaders

Becoming Incurable highlights ambassadors, kicks off crowdfunding

Pain warrior of the month: Julian Phillips

Real Hope, Real Heroes Gala date announced

Kids and families: your feedback is needed

How to get the most out of massage for chronic pain

Ambassadors help commemorate Rare Disease Day

Apply now to attend the Phoenix support group leader training in March

Two teens making a difference for chronic pain

Rare Disease Day is Feb. 28

Recording available of insurance webinar

Register for the Jan. 16 webinar on insurance issues

Michele Rice is the Joselynn Badman Ambassador of the Year

CrossFit fundraiser raises nearly $18,000

No-cost charitable giving when you shop with smile.amazon.com

Five KNOWvember educational webinar recordings available

Learn about complementary medicine this KNOWvember

Volunteer webinar: “How to talk about pain so your doctor will listen”

#MakeitVisible brings invisible illness to the forefront

Pain Warrior of the Month: Noelle Chelli Lopez

#MakeItVisible movement raises awareness, funding for invisible illness

Medical cannabis webinar recording available

Volunteers raise awareness across the country during PAM

Educating the next generation of physical therapists

Pain Warrior of the Month: Timothy Eli Addo

PAM 2017 slideshow

Join the #MakeItVisible movement

Watch U.S. Pain’s president and founder on Facebook Live

U.S. Pain Foundation takes lead on national Pain Awareness Month effort

U.S. Pain and Quell partner to offer fundraiser, discount

30-Day Challenges features giveaways, resources

September volunteer webinar features medical cannabis expert

U.S. pain launches bimonthly volunteer webinars

Nine ways to participate in Pain Awareness Month

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

Alex & Ani fundraiser works like a charm

Ty Cashman’s pointers on hosting a Points for Pain game

Third Annual Pediatric Pain Camp slideshow

Queens Knocks Out RSD shines despite rain

Feeling alone? Check out Pain Connection

Why one ambassador participates in PAM

Join the June Happiness Challenge

Top five ways to get involved with PAM 2017!

INvisible Project migraine and headache edition published

Pain Warrior of the Month: Jeannette Rotondi

U.S. Pain program, Points for Pain, honored by New York Yankees

Fun & easy ways to fundraise

New CT chronic pain support group

Last call for migraine proclamations!

U.S. Pain launches support group training program

Volunteers advocate for headache, rare diseases

Points for Pain raises nearly $9,000 in three games

Migraine and headache patients fight back with Headache on the Hill, Migraine Awareness Month

Crazy Sock Day & Walk a crazy-success

Get involved with Rare Disease Day 2017

Finding positivity in pain

Announcing the Ambassador of the Year: Suzanne Stewart

Support U.S. Pain’s mission through fundraising

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The Joselynn Badman Ambassador of the Year Award

Nominations are being accepted NOW through Nov. 30, 2018.

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 Nov. 30, 2018. 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.
Gain information about the nominee from others.
Create a unique picture of your nominee.
Organize.
Keep it brief.

SUBMIT A NOMINATION

 

Past recipients

 
2016 Ambassador of the Year: Suzanne Stewart

Pain ambassador and advocate since 2015, Michigan.
Learn more about Suzanne.

 
2017 Ambassador of the Year: Michele Rice.

Pain ambassador and advocate since 2014, California.
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.