Who We Are

The Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force is comprised of 16 organizations working to improve the well-being of those living with chronic pain. We are united with one goal – to work collectively to promote, support and monitor the implementation of the National Pain Strategy.

What is the National Pain Strategy?

Simply put, the National Pain Strategy (NPS) is the country’s first and only comprehensive strategic plan and roadmap to improving the way that pain is perceived, assessed and treated in America. It was called for by the historic 2011 Institute of Medicine Report, Relieving Pain in America and was released by the Department of Health and Human Services on March 18, 2016.

What We Believe

Integral to our collaboration, we unite with the following beliefs, which guide our collective work. JOIN the list of more than 50 groups who have endorsed these beliefs.

  • Chronic pain is a real and complex disease that may exist by itself or be linked with other medical conditions.
  • Chronic pain is both an under-recognized and under-resourced public health crisis with devastating personal and economic impact.
  • Effective chronic pain care requires access to a wide range of treatment options, including biomedical, behavioral health and complementary treatment.
  • Denying appropriate care to people with chronic pain is unethical and can lead to unnecessary suffering, depression, disability and even suicide.
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“Allowing people to suffer with unmanaged pain

is immoral and unethical”

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What’s Happening Now

  • June 2017:  CPATF leads effort of 73 organizations in writing a letter to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, highlighting the need to implement the National Pain Strategy as part of a long-term strategy to address the chronic pain and opioid epidemics.
  • July 2016: CPATF launches a 30-day White House Petition urging implementation and funding of the NPS.
  • June 2016: Senators Hatch and Schatz sent a sign on letter to HHS with bipartisan support urging implementation of the NPS.
  • April 2016: A diverse group of more than 70 organizations sends letters to the Senate HELP and House Energy & Commerce Committees urging them to call on HHS for NPS implementation plan.
  • March 2016: Department of Health and Human Services releases the National Pain Strategy
  • March 2016: CPATF submits testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, which includes several key recommendations from the NPS.
  • December 2015: CPATF sends letter to U.S. Congress
  • September 2015: CPATF successfully hosts first Twitter chat on the NPS
  • September 2015: Proto Magazine publishes ‘The Politics of Pain’, which highlights the NPS and features interviews with several CPATF leaders
  • June 2015: CPATF members joined over 100 other leaders in Washington D.C. at the National Pain Strategy Collaborators Meeting convened by PAINS to identify opportunities to advance the implementation of the NPS.
  • May 2015: More than 2000 letters in support of CPATF’s goal of funding and implementing the National Pain Strategy (NPS) were submitted to HHS and NIH during the 30-day public comment period to review the NPS report.
  • April 2015: CPATF issues a press release and collectively sends tens of thousands of emails to its members, calling for HHS to proactively develop a federal oversight body and start the budgeting process now
  • April 2015: National Pain Strategy report is released on April 2 for public comment through May 20
  • February 2015: The CPATF sends a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, calling for the release of the NPS for public comment
  • November 2014: The Department of Health and Human Services begins the federal clearance process to prepare the NPS for solicitation of public comments
  • October 2014: The IPRCC completes and submit The National Pain Strategy to the Department of Health and Human Services
  • May 2014: IPRCC releases the 2011 IPRCC Federal Pain Research Portfolio Analysis Report assessing trends and critical gaps in the types of investments in and pain projects supported by funding from all Federal government agencies.