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On June 1, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the Federal Pain Research Strategy (FPRS), a long-term strategic plan for the federal agencies that support pain research. It is essentially a companion plan to the National Pain Strategy (NPS), which identifies what steps must be taken to improve pain awareness, professional education, and delivery of care.

“U.S. Pain Foundation is pleased with the thoughtful work that was invested by many researchers in creating this excellent plan,” says Cindy Steinberg, national director of policy and advocacy for U.S. Pain. “There is no specific funding earmarked to implement this essential plan, so we encourage our members to support our efforts to advocate for increased funding for pain research at the NIH and within other federal agencies.”

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Stakeholders in the pain community eagerly tuned in to “Implementation of the National Pain Strategy (NPS) Listening Session” on May 11. The daylong event was hosted by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide an update on the NPS, the nation’s first strategic plan for advancing pain management, research and prevention across the country. While the NPS itself has been finalized and is supported by many groups, including U.S. Pain Foundation, the next crucial step is obtaining funding from Congress to implement it.

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U.S. Pain urges its members to participate in livestreams of two major events about pain policy at the federal level happening this May. The first is a meeting at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services entitled, “Implementation of the National Pain Strategy (NPS) Listening Session,” that will take place May 11 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST.

The event, which is being hosted by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will provide an update on efforts to implement the NPS, the nation’s first strategic plan for advancing pain management, and improving the quality of life for all 100 million Americans living with pain. While the NPS itself has been finalized with input from patient groups, including U.S. Pain Foundation, the next crucial step is obtaining funding from Congress to implement it. Advance registration for this event is required by May 5. To register, click here.

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