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Pain 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 with their fellow pain warrior that last a life time.

We also understand that, because of pain, finding the time and energy to volunteer can be difficult. That’s why our ambassador program 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 providing your email here. We’ll email you a link to an application questionnaire. It only takes about five minutes to complete..
  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 or jaclyn@uspainfoundation.org.

Fill out a quick survey to become an ambassador!

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!

Access the ambassador toolkit!

Current opportunities

-September is Pain Awareness Month, but preparations are currently in progress. We need your help to make this the biggest Pain Awareness Month yet! Details are available on our Pain Awareness Month website which we will continue to keep updated with the most up-to-date information.

  Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Request a proclamation or a letter of support if one has already been requested for your state. We need to show our elected officials the number of members in their community who live with conditions that cause pain. We will guide you through requesting this ceremonial document from your state and local offices.
  • Take part in our Beautify in Blue program to decorate your community in blue this September! This process may requires approval from your community so get permission now! We will provide you with the documents to request the required approval from your community as well as the materials to decorate! We will share the photos from decorating on our social media during September.
  • We need help on our team who is currently requesting landmarks and buildings light blue during September! The process varies from a phone call, email, or online form to request many of these locations. Our PAM team is ready to assist you in learning how to effectively request support. Help us light the night BLUE!
  • Are you a professional photographer or do you know of one who will be near any of our landmarks when they light blue in support of the pain community? Contact us if you can take photos, know someone who you could ask, or if you would like to help reach out to photographers in those areas to share who is supporting the pain community this September!
  • Would you like to host a table/fundraiser in September? Pair up with other ambassadors, friends and family. You can also offer to help another ambassador at an already established event because we always have more fun raising awareness in good company! If you are interested in participating, it is time to start contacting the location and establishing the date and time. Advanced preparation will help us to fill out any paperwork for your event, ensure that you have the necessary materials and are included on our calendar of events to make your efforts a success! Be sure to send us pictures so we can share pictures of you and your team in action!

-Migraine and Headache Disorder Awareness is in June.  Some of these activities need more advanced planning than others, but we are here to help you host a successful event!

  Here are a few ways to help:

-Register to attend our next Volunteer Webinar where you will get the most up to date information regarding what is happening within the U.S. Pain Foundation. In addition to department updates, each webinar has a presentation that relates to the pain community. If you are unable to attend live, we upload the past webinars for you to access at your convenience.

Don’t forget to keep us updated on your participation and what you are doing within the pain community. These forms are available through the Ambassador Toolkit. Please contact both Lori and Jacki for any questions about the Ambassador Program!

Latest ambassador news

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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. 15, 2017.

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. 15, 2017. 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.

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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.