I have been working almost 30 years in healthcare since graduating with a nursing degree from Humboldt State University in California. My clinical experiences range from birth to end of life care, mental health to physical health, outpatient and inpatient settings, normal newborns to geriatrics, well child care to neonatal intensive care, student health to long term care, from direct patient care to program administration. Most recently, I have been working with the Division of Medical Assistance Programs (DMAP) which is responsible for managing the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). I am also someone who lives with chronic pain.
The World Health Organization defines Health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Well-being is defined as a good or satisfactory condition of existence. Author Dean Ornish stated that “an educated patent is empowered; thus, more likely to become healthy.”
The Oregon Pain Management Commission’s mission is to improve pain management in the State of Oregon through education, development of pain management recommendations, development of a multi-discipline pain management practice program for providers, research, policy analysis, and model projects. Each one of the committee members contributes their time, enthusiasm and talents in pursuit of this mission. I look forward to the work ahead.
Let’s get healthy together, Oregon!
Denise Taray, RN
What do you want to learn more about?
Email your ideas to the Pain Commission Coordinator at: PMC.Info@state.or.us