The National Pain Foundation is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform the way pain is fundamentally understood, assessed and treated.
Originally founded in 1998, The National Pain Foundation voluntarily suspended its operations and transferred its assets to the American Pain Foundation in 2010 for the purpose of unifying the organizations' legislative and advocacy voice. Unfortunately, the American Pain Foundation's leadership chose to disband in 2012 due to "irreparable economic circumstances", leaving a void for people with pain.
In 2013, The National Pain Foundation was reformed. We recognize that the United States is a part of a much larger community - the commonality is that we are all human. This regenesis has led to a critical refocusing of the mission - to create The Global Pain Initiative and, thereby transform the way pain is fundamentally understood, assessed, and treated for every human being.
To accomplish this, the foundation's strategy is to squarely focus on one priority objective - create the largest global digital community - in order to build and analyze the most comprehensive observational database on people with pain, their behaviors, treatments and needs.
The National Pain Foundation's Global Pain Initiative is the global public face of the foundation. It will address the critical public health challenges concretely defined by the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) 2011 landmark consensus report, Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research. We will do this on a global basis.
This pioneering white paper defines the devastating problem of chronic pain as affecting "100 million American adults - more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined - and costs up to $635 billion in medical treatment and lost productivity"(1). The white paper furthermore declares that there is an "increased vulnerability to pain, which is associated with: race and ethnicity, income and education, cancer patients, military veterans and gender."(2) Extrapolating these conclusions globally, the gravity of pain on worldwide health, global economies and the characteristically underserved is evident - as is the need to achieve the Global Pain Initiative's mission to combat the same.
(1) IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2011. Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies. Press, page 2. (2) Ibid, page 65.
Fundamental to all successful organizations is the recruitment and development of leadership. The National Pain Foundation is developing its leadership in much the same way as a corporation would - financially responsible people who have an innate passion for the mission and the vision to see it germinate and then develop fully. Why? Simple, The National Pain Foundation, in order to achieve the goal, will become self-funded and self-reliant as an organization, as opposed to being reliant on corporations.
The National Pain Foundation
14828 W 6 Ave, Ste 16-B Room 1
Golden, CO 80401-5000
Phone: (720) 541-6808
Fax: (720) 541-6809