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

For Grace’s 9th Annual Women In Pain Conference

“Pain Takes a Vacation: Actions and Strategies that Get Us Away”

To view a live webcast of the conference on September 23rd starting @ 9am PST, please link HERE

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Friday, September 23rd, 2016 
8:30am – 4pm

California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities (Map & Directions)
1000 North Alameda Street (Across from 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
The USC Pain Center

It’s Time to Send Your Pain Packing!

On behalf of For Grace, I invite you to a uniquely empowering event for women living with chronic pain and their caregivers.

It’s our 9th Annual Women in Pain Conference to be hosted on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities in downtown Los Angeles.

“Pain Takes a Vacation: Actions and Strategies that Get Us Away” – that’s our 2016 theme where we’ll focus on self-management techniques that take us away from pain (e.g., sleep, creative arts, sex, travel, laughter, etc.) Also during this empowering, fun-filled day, women in pain and their caregivers will hear from “travel guides” who’ll share how they leave the challenges of chronic pain behind!

We’re proud to have assembled a distinguished roster of speakers and panelists for this inspiring conference— included are Dr. Ginevra Liptan, Medical Director of The Frida Center for Fibromyalgia, Kirsten Schultz, Woman In Pain and Co-Founder of ChronicSex, Dr. David Kilgore, Director, UCI Health Family Practice, Integrative Medicine Track, Pain Psychologist Dr. Kristen Slater, Adjunct Clinical Instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine and Ping Ho, Founder & Director of UCLArt & Healing.

Among the day’s highlights will be an award-winning art gallery by Woman In Pain Radene Marie Cook, a guest appearance by actor Kevin Dobson and a live Hula dance demostration. A live webcast by TVPLIVE.com will be available for those who are unable to join us in person.

We’re honored that California State Senator Carol Liu will be this year’s recipient of our Patron of Women’s Rights Award.

Please scroll below to see our exciting program and to register. Free passes are available for women in pain and caregivers by request!

One last thing – to compliment our “getaway” theme, please feel free to dress casually and comfortably – or even in vacation clothes. Please keep in mind – our wonderful venue partner, the California Endowment’s dress code restricts cut-offs, flip flops, tube tops, tank tops and swimwear. Everything else is fun in the sun!

We look forward to seeing you on a day sure to empower, inspire, enlighten and educate – For Grace’s 9th Annual Women In Pain Conference!

John Garrett
Director, For Grace

2016 Conference Planning Committee:

Kristina Breen
 Jennifer Hughes
Radene Marie Cook Mindy Meyer
 Heather Grace    Cynthia Toussaint
Dana Gambill Dr. Susan Nyanzi

Target Audience

Women who experience chronic pain and their personal caregivers.

Conference Program

“Pain  Takes a Vacation: Actions and Strategies that Get Us Away”

8:15 – 9:00am Registration
9:00 – 9:05 Conference Introduction – John Garrett, Director, For Grace
9:05 – 9:15 “Up, Up and Away” – Cynthia Toussaint, Founder & Spokesperson, For Grace, AuthorBattle for Grace and Woman In Pain
9:15 – 10:00 “Why Stepping Away Works”—Dr. Kristen Slater, Pain Psychologist and Adjunct Clinical Instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine
10:00 – 10:10 Interactive Interlude: “Pass the Coconut” with Jon Bassinger-Flores and Kimo Williams
10:10 – 10:25 Morning Break
10:25 – 11:30 “Getting Away in the Bedroom: Sleep, Sex and Guilty TV Pleasures” – Moderator: Dr. Kristen Slater; Dr. David Kilgore, Director, UCI Health Family Practice, Integrative Medicine Track; Kirsten Schultz, Co-Founder of #ChronicSex; Kevin Dobson, Actor
11:30 – 11:40 Interactive Interlude: “Face the Mango Cookie” with Jon Bassinger-Flores
11:40 – 12:10 “Basking in Creation”— Dr. Ginevra Liptan, Medical Director, The Frida Center for Fibromyalgia,  Author of The Fibro Manual and Woman In Pain
12:10 – 12:15pm Presentation of the Women In Pain “Patron of Women’s Rights” Award – 2016 Recipient: California Senator Carol Liu    
12:15 – 1:20  Lunch
1:20 – 1:40 Interactive Interlude: Hula Dancing with the Na Hoaloha O Ka Hula & Hula O Hoaloha groups led by Kumu Mahealani Harder
1:40 – 2:45 “Getting Away from Can’t” Special Interactive Session
 Facilitated by Ping Ho, Founder & Director of UCLArts and Healing
2:45 – 3:00  Afternoon Break
3:00 – 3:45 Sisters In Pain Empowerment Panel—”Passion for Distraction”  Moderator: Mindy Meyer, Lead Moderator, Center for Collaborative Policy, California State University, Sacramento;  Panelists: The For Grace “Sisters in Pain” – Kristina Breen, Radene Marie Cook, Dana Gambill, Jennifer Hughes, Dr. Susan Nyanzi and Cynthia Toussaint
3:45 – 3:55 Reflections & Closing Remarks
3:55 – 4:00 Conference Slideshow (Woman In Pain Dana Gambill) with Surprise Song by Prince


Catch For Grace’s 2016 conference highlight video
(Professional photography by Woman In Pain Dana Gambill; Crazy performed by Cynthia Toussaint)