A Message from the Coordinator
Management Commission to Host Pain Awareness Open House
to a 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine, chronic pain affects at least
100 million American adults and costs up to $635 billion annually. As a belated tribute to the national celebration
of September as Pain Awareness Month, the Oregon Pain Management Commission
will be hosting a “Pain Awareness Open House” on Thursday, October 10, 2013. This event will occur in place of the
commission’s regular bimonthly meeting.
It will be held from 1 until 4 pm in the Dye House at the Willamette
Heritage Center at Mission Mill in Salem, located at 1313 Mill Street NE. Free parking is available onsite.
event is free and open to the general public.
Both individuals who are affected by chronic pain issues and members of
the healthcare community who treat individuals with pain are especially
encouraged to attend.
no continuing education credits will be offered for the event, participants
will have the opportunity to come and dialogue with members of the Oregon Pain
Management Commission. The audience will
learn about types of healthcare available for pain management as OPMC members
introduce themselves and talk about their treatment background. Teresa Keane, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
Practitioner and OPMC Chairperson, will lead the group in several relaxation
highlight of the event will be the opportunity for the audience to ask general
questions about pain management and to voluntarily share information about
their own pain story. Attendees may
respond to questions such as: “What are
some of the most important lessons that living with chronic pain has taught
you?” “Who has been the biggest
influence on you while living with chronic pain? What lessons did they teach you?” “What are you most proud of during the period
you have lived with chronic pain?”
agenda for the event will be rotated twice during the afternoon so that
individuals who are not able to sit for lengthy periods of time will need only
participate in about 90 minutes of the program and still benefit from
lunch will be served at the event, but participants may bring a “brown bag”
lunch or purchase food at Mission Mill.
(Very light snacks will be available at no charge.) The chairs in the room are plastic so
individuals are invited to bring pillows to make the chairs more comfortable.
mission of the Oregon Pain Management Commission is to improve pain management
in Oregon through education and the development of a recommended pain
management education program curriculum for healthcare professionals. The OPMC performs research and policy
analysis, works on model projects, and represents concerns of Oregon patients
on issues of pain management to the Governor and the Legislative Assembly.
have questions, please contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by
telephone at 503-373-1605.
forward to seeing many of you at this worthwhile October event.