The mission of U.S. Pain Foundation is to empower, educate, connect, and advocate for people living with chronic conditions that cause pain. As a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving those who live with pain conditions and their care providers, U.S. Pain Foundation helps individuals find resources and inspiration.
Here is a sample of our programs and services.
Awareness & Advocacy Programs
- Advocacy Program – Pain warriors deserve direct and affordable access to individualized, multidisciplinary care. We fight for change on a range of priority issues related to pain care at the state and federal level. Whether testifying in person, meeting with policymakers, submitting letters, or rallying our volunteers to act, U.S. Pain’s Advocacy Program has a demonstrated track record of success. To start advocating with us, visit: uspainfoundation.org/advocacy.
- Pain Ambassador Network – Pain ambassadors are volunteers who work to raise awareness about chronic pain, educate the pain community on available resources, and advocate for change at the state and federal levels of government. Pain ambassadors are the face of the U.S. Pain Foundation and represent the organization across the country. To participate, go to: uspainfoundation.org/ambassadors.
- Pain Awareness Month – During September, Pain Awareness Month, U.S. Pain hosts a number of activities, events, and initiatives to both empower and educate pain warriors and to increase awareness about pain in the general public. Efforts include obtaining state proclamations; lighting up local landmarks; decorating local buildings in blue; op-ed drives; and more. To learn more, visit: uspainawarenessmonth.com.
- Points for Pain – Created in 2015 by seventh-grader Tyler Cashman, Points for Pain is a unique fundraiser and awareness campaign where sports fans pledge donations based on the number of points their team scores. Tyler started the initiative in honor of his mom, who lives with pain. All proceeds benefit the Pediatric Pain Warrior Program. Learn more at: pediatricpainwarrior.org/pointsforpain.
- Medical Cannabis Advocacy – Led by two expert patient advocates, this program seeks to increase safe, fair access to medical cannabis for people with chronic pain. It also aims to provide education and resources on medical cannabis as a treatment option. For more information, visit: uspainmedicalcananbis.org.
- Living with Pain – This dedicated section of the U.S. Pain website, along with a corresponding 16-page print booklet, provides detailed information about how to live day-to-day with chronic pain. The content includes everything from a comprehensive list of treatment options to self-management strategies. Take charge of your pain now: uspainfoundation.org/living-with-pain.
- Pain Education Portal (PEP) Talks – U.S. Pain offers hour-long educational webinars featuring renowned experts on topics ranging from meditation to clinical trials. These webinars are presented live and recorded so they can be watched at any time, from the comfort of home. Find upcoming events: uspainfoundation.org/webinars.
- KNOWvember – Each November, this educational campaign takes a closer look at a particular topic through events, social media content, and fun activities for pain warriors. Past topics include pediatric pain and creativity through pain. Learn more: uspainfoundation.org/knowvember.
Support & Empowerment Programs
- Pain Connection – A national network of support groups, Pain Connection provides compassionate support and evidence-based education to help people with pain reclaim their quality of life. The support groups, which are offered both in person and over the phone, are led by individuals who receive comprehensive training from a licensed social worker. Find a group near you: painconnection.org.
- Pediatric Pain Warrior Program – The Pediatric Pain Warrior Program assists children and their families in finding a network of support and resources. This program offers weekend retreats featuring expert speakers, educational events, a pen pal program, and more. To find help, visit: pediatricpainwarrior.org
- Share Your Story Storybank– U.S. Pain invites people with pain to share their stories online. Each person who submits details about their pain journey receives a packet of information and resources, along with a pain warrior bracelet, in the mail. To share your story today, visit: uspainfoundation.org/share-your-story.
- National Coalition of Chronic Pain Providers and Professionals (NCCPPP) – This network of health providers, professionals, and organizations has come together in a coalition to more effectively serve the chronic pain community. It offers networking, education, and more. To join, go to: nccppp.org.