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Baltimore, MD, United States, 2010/09/01 - American Pain Foundation, the nation's leading pain advocacy group announcing a Virtual March on Washington as part of September Pain Awareness Month events.
In recognition of September’s designation as Pain Awareness Month, the American Pain Foundation (APF) announced today the start of an online Virtual March on Washington which will include the launch of the 10,000 Voices campaign. Designed to highlight the need for access to timely, appropriate pain care for the more than 76.5 million Americans who deal with pain that lasts for more than 24 hours, the Virtual March and 10,000 Voices campaign will provide the resources and tools for people to raise awareness of pain issues and pain management, advocate for continued improvements in pain policy, and provide a gathering place for people to share their personal stories on pain.
“Although provisions of the National Pain Care Policy Act of 2009 were signed into law last March, we still have a long way to go to bring pain to the forefront in every community throughout the country,” said Will Rowe, chief executive officer of APF. “We must seize this opportunity to come together and join the movement—people in pain, family members, caregivers and members of the medical community; build on the momentum of the bill; dismantle the barriers preventing better pain management; and conquer pain together.”
The Virtual March runs from September 1 through September 30, 2010, and will feature:
• the launch of the 10,000 Voices campaign—an online opportunity for people in pain, their caregivers and health care professionals to record and share their individual stories;
• a letter writing campaign with topic-specific letters to send to decision makers—a key opportunity to share how pain has affected one’s life and to encourage decision makers to make policy changes;
• videos highlighting the challenges of certain pain conditions;
• a Pain Awareness Month Online Advocacy Toolkit to help plan local awareness activities and reach out to local media; and
• an online guide providing tips on how to spread the word using social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, blogs)
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