In honor of Pain Awareness Month, the U.S. Pain Foundation and the Alliance to Advance Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management (AACIPM) are co-hosting a virtual symposium on equity in pain care on Sept. 24 from 11 am to 3:30 pm ET. The event, “Equity in Access to Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management for People with Chronic Pain” will bring together stakeholders working to improve pain care. It is free and open to all to attend; advance registration is required.

“The purpose of this event is to connect the dots among many national efforts to advance access to comprehensive integrative pain management,” says Amy Goldstein, MSW, Director of AACIPM. “This includes discussing the practical realities that exist for people with pain, providers, and payors when it comes to addressing access.”

A detailed agenda is available here. Nicole Hemmenway, CEO, U.S. Pain, will present the results from a recent survey about barriers to multidisciplinary pain management and participate in a panel discussion with Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors; Kirk Williamson, MPH, Health Policy Analyst, National Governors Association; and David Elton, DC, Chief Strategy Officer, United Health Ventures. The panel will be moderated by Cindy Steinberg, U.S. Pain’s National Director of Policy and Advocacy.

Some additional discussion topics for the day will include:

  • The National Governors Association new report, “Expanding Access to Non-Opioid Management of Chronic Pain: Considerations for Governors” (Released Aug. 31)
  • Big data from a commercial insurer highlighting access to relevant therapies for pain by zip code
  • Highlights from University of New Mexico’s current practice examples using ECHO (Enhanced Community Health Outcomes, a tele-mentoring program) focused on pain management during the pandemic
  • Demonstration of access in a Federally Qualified Health Center in Austin, TX

AACIPM is a multistakeholder collaborative to promote comprehensive integrative pain management. To learn more about them, visit their site.