July news
Addressing inequality and health care disparities
An important message from U.S. Pain Foundation. Read more.
Also in this issue

Virtual Advocacy Day update | "Pediatric Pete" makes his way around the country | Continuing to represent the patient voice--virtually | Ever wondered if acupressure is right for you? | Need for migraine and headache diseases awareness continues | Read U.S. Pain's comment to the CDC | and more.
Virtual Advocacy Day update
So far, 738 pain warriors have participated in the call for Congress to fund key recommendations in the Pain Management Best Practices report. Read more.
"Pediatric Pete" makes his way around the country
The Pediatric Pain Warrior virtual retreat's mascot, "Pediatric Pete, the Penguin Warrior," has visited 23 states and even Canada. Read more.
Continuing to represent the patient voice--virtually
Many in-person conferences and meetings have been canceled, but staff recently participated in three important virtual events. Read more.
Ever wondered if acupressure is right for you?
Pain Connection's next event in the “Building Your Toolbox" series is this Tuesday, July 7. The meeting will focus on acupressure with Lisa Marie Price. Read more.
Need for migraine and headache diseases awareness continues
U.S. Pain recognized Migraine and Headache Awareness Month through events, a state advocacy campaign, and more. You can still get involved! Read more.
Read U.S. Pain's comment to the CDC
U.S. Pain submitted its five-page comment to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention’s (CDC) official docket on pain care.   Read more .
Pain Warrior of the Month: LaQuinda McCoy
Age:  37 years old
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Pain warrior role:  Ambassador/advocate since 2019
Health conditions: Anxiety, endometriosis, spastic pelvic floor syndrome, IBS, Sjogren's, and vestibular and chronic intractable migraine.
Tip for pain warriors : “I bought an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) workbook from Amazon and write in a daily gratitude journal that both helped tremendously with my depression and anxiety."
Fun fact: "I was a classical ballerina for 15 years."

LaQuinda has been a patient advocate for several years, joining U.S. Pain last year. She was selected as a participant in the I Nvisible Project: Migraine and Headache 4th Edition , sharing her story of living with both vestibular and chronic, intractable migraine. She also was an active member of U.S. Pain's first Virtual Advocacy Training last month. Most recently, as part of Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, she was a panelist for a webinar, "Addressing Health Care Disparities in Migraine and Headache Care." LaQuinda is an inspirational leader in the chronic pain space who continuously and courageously shares her story and uses her voice to create change.
Upcoming events
All event links in maroon are part of the Pediatric Pain Warrior Virtual Retreat and require advance sign up with the retreat.

Support groups

Pain Connection conference call support groups are free to join and open to all. You may speak or listen quietly, whatever you prefer. All calls are led by an individual trained by Pain Connection. (In-person support groups are currently on hold due to COVID-19.)

This month's theme is medical cannabis featuring Ellen Lenox Smith, U.S. Pain's Co-Director for Medical Cannabis Advocacy.

  • Thursday, July 2 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm ET
  • Thursday, July 9 from 3 to 4 pm ET (Time change)
  • Thursday, July 16 from 5 to 6 pm ET (Time change)
  • Thursday, July 23 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm ET
  • Saturday, July 25 from 11 am to noon ET
New resources
U.S. Pain in the news
"Cindy Steinberg: Pain, Activism, and Hope," Pain Politics, June 18. Podcast featuring U.S. Pain's Cindy Steinberg.
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