"For Women In Pain, By Women In Pain"
—Women In Pain Conference Slogan

For Grace’s Change Agent Pain Summit

“Transforming California Pain Care for a Better Tomorrow”

Friday, November 2nd, 2018 
8:30am – 4pm

California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities (Map & Directions)
1000 North Alameda Street (Near Union Station and next to Chinatown)
Los Angeles, California 90012

In Association With
California Endowment
Community Partners
Los Angeles County of Public Health — Office of Women’s Health
Samueli Integrative Health Programs

Summit Overview:
For Grace’s Change Agent Pain Summit: Part Two aims to convene 100+ California thought-leaders and luminaries (physicians, payers, administrators, policy makers, etc.)  from various healthcare sectors that have a stake in pain management. Utilizing a focus group format, the Summit’s goal is to share ideas and best practices on how to optimize key recommendations from the NIH’s National Pain Strategy in the Golden State. We strongly believe the National Pain Strategy provides a remarkable blueprint for optimal pain assessment, care and understanding going forward – and it is our hope that the Summit will provide the spark for its implementation in California and beyond.

Link to the National Pain Strategy:

Summit Objectives:

1)      Improve pain care for California’s six to seven million individuals challenged by chronic pain
2)      Implement core recommendations from the National Institutes of Health’s National Pain Strategy in the Golden State
3)      Promote the Integrative Pain Care model to decrease the burden of opioid use 

Summit Participants:
The Summit Planning Committee has identified 26 key healthcare sectors that have a stake in quality pain management. Our invited California-based Summit participants will be thought-leaders and decision-makers within these sectors who will provide input, share best practices, create solutions and “cross-pollenate” to forward deliverable actions to implement the National Pain Strategy’s key recommendations. Bottom line – they’ll be change agents who desire a better tomorrow for Californians impacted adversely by chronic pain.   

2018 Summit Design Team

Ed Coghlan
 Jessica Orellana
Diane Hoffmann Dr. Steven Richeimer
Nora Lynn   Dr. Bob Twillman
Mindy Meyer Cynthia Toussaint
Kate Nicholson Christin Veasley

 Target Audience

California healthcare luminaries who have a substantial stake in pain care.

Summit Program

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

8:15 – 9:00am Registration
9:00 – 9:10 Summit Welcome and Introduction – Cynthia Toussaint, Founder & Spokesperson, For Grace and  John Garrett, Executive Director, For Grace
9:10 – 9:20 Overview of the Day – Mindy Meyer, Lead Mediator/Facilitator, Consensus and Collaboration Program, CSU Sacramento
9:20 – 10:20 Summit KeynoteDr. Sean Mackey, Co-Chair, National Pain Strategy, Chief of Division of Pain Medicine, Stanford University and Christin Veasley, Oversight Panel Member, National Pain Strategy, Co-Founder & Director, Chronic Pain Research Alliance
10:20 – 10:35 Morning Break
10:35 – 11:45 National Pain Strategy Panel – Moderator: Christin Veasley; Panelists: Dr. Sean Mackey (Prevention and Care), Dr. Wayne Jonas, Executive Director, Samueli Integrative Health Programs (Service Delivery and Payment), Dr. Steven Richeimer, Chief of Pain Medicine, University of Southern California (Medical Education), Dr. Roger Fillingim, Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, University of Florida (Disparities)
11:45 – 12:00 For Grace’s 2018 “Patron of Women’s Rights” Award  – California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
12:00 – 12:30pm Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch Speaker – Dr. Wayne Jonas, Executive Director, Samueli Integrative Health Programs 
1:00 – 1:10 Focus GroupOverview and Instructions
1:10 – 1:30 Focus Group – Round One
1:30 – 1:50 Focus Group – Round Two
1:50 – 2:05 Afternoon Break
2:05 – 2:30
 Focus Group – Report Out
2:30 –
 Focus Group – Gallery Walk
2:45 –
 Wrap-Up, Next Steps, Reflections and Gratitude

Catch For Grace’s 2017 summit  highlight video
(Professional photography by Gaby Alvarez; The Tide Is High performed by Cynthia Toussaint)