POPAN (Power Over Pain Action Network), is asking us to help find volunteers both professionals, people in pain, and caregivers to join POPAN. In this role, they have the opportunity to attend a summit with all expenses covered to lean how to become an advocate and join the many voices working to improve pain care. The 2009 summit will be held in Minneapolis , MN from June 12-14, 2009.
POPAN Leaders help increase awareness about pain management issues with individuals as well as by targeting media and legislators to improve policy as it surrounds the under treatment of pain. As a leader you will receive training in community outreach, media outreach and messaging and legislative advocacy. It is an incredible opportunity to network with others, both individuals involved in the networks and alliances to improve pain care.
The Primary Goal of POPAN is to inform, motivate, and harness the millions of voices of people affected by pain, to raise public awareness and improve pain policy, access, and practice. .
Role of Leaders: POPAN Leaders function as point persons for pain care advocacy activities in their states. For a more complete list of roles please see our POPAN website.
· While leaders may focus their Power Over Pain efforts in a particular type of advocacy work, the goal is for all trained POPAN Leaders to engage in activities in each of the following three areas:
o Legislative and policy advocacy (writing and speaking with your state and federal representatives)
o Media advocacy (writing and speaking with the media)
o Community outreach (Power Over Pain presentations, speaking about the rights of people with pain to local support groups, community centers, etc., referring the public to APF resources)
The APF provides state leaders with staff, support, materials and publications, and offers an annual advocacy training for which all expenses are covered by APF. This annual training provides strategies for community outreach, speaking with the media, legislative/policy advocacy and network building.
Mayssa Sultan, MPA, L.Ac.
Power Over Pain Action Network, Western Regional Coordinator
American Pain Foundation
660 Classon Avenue, Ste. 2
Brooklyn , NY 11238
Phone: (410) 591-8478
Fax: (928) 833-8391
A United Voice of Hope & Power Over Pain
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