AACIPM Promotes Deeper Understanding During Pain & Self Care Awareness Month

In honor of Pain and Self Care Awareness Month, AACIPM spent the month of September collaborating with our partners to spread awareness and deepen connections and understanding regarding the intersection of these important issues.

Bridging Self Care and Comprehensive Pain Management in Program and Payment Designs, presented in collaboration with Whole Health InstituteMidwest Business Group on HealthThe Pain Community and University of Vermont Medical Center, is a 90-minute webinar in which we explore payment design with leaders who represent people with pain, mid-to-large employers, the financial/return on investment side, and the team involved with one unique payer-provider partnership in Vermont, the UVMMC Comprehensive Pain Program. The webinar, hosted by KnoWEwell Live, was held on September 28th and the replay is available at the button below (it’s free and you need to register to watch).

Decolonizing Medicine: Toward Equity and Inclusivity in Integrative Healthcare, IM4US’ 2021 Annual Conference, was held September 23rd-25th with the goal of building more equitable models of integrative healthcare.

With over 700 registrants for this conference and an extraordinary list of presenters, it exceeded expectations! 

AACIPM was honored to participate in this virtual event via the panel presentation, Advancing Integrative Pain Management Through Collaboration and Advocacy. AACIPM Director Amy Goldstein, MSW, and Megan Kingsley Gale, MSAOM, Director, The Hospital Practice Handbook Project for Acupuncturists and Their Hospital Sponsors, co-moderated this panel that featured providers and leaders who are making remarkable differences in the lives of people who are underserved. These leaders – Rocio Lopez, LAc, Risi Idiokitas, DAOM, LAc, Laura Ocker, MAcOM, LAc, Katie Thornton, RN, MSN, CNL, Richard Mandell, LAc, and Amy Mager, DACM, LAc represent an important range of practice settings, geographic areas, payment models, and patient populations. 

Why Our #PainCounts, held by U.S. Pain Foundation, brought together experts in the health care field and people with chronic pain to discuss critical issues surrounding pain management, highlighting what needs to change and how we can better support people with chronic pain.

Panelists included:

  • Carmen Green, MD, Dean of CUNY School of Medicine at the City College of New York and national expert in addressing disparities in pain care. See Dr. Green’s inspiring intro, the Pain of Prejudice, for US Pain’s INvisible Project.
  • Amy Goldstein, MSW, AACIPM Director who focused on synthesizing payor, provider and patient interests when it comes to access to multidisciplinary care; and

Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW, a person living with pain who founded Pain Connection, a national network of chronic pain support groups, support leader trainings, and more.