To promote person-centered care for people affected by pain through advancing effective pain policy.
Who We Are
SPPAN is an association of leaders, representing a variety of health care and consumer organizations and individuals, who work together in a cooperative and coordinated fashion to effect positive pain policy on the state level—policy that guarantees access to comprehensive and effective pain care for all people living with pain.
Why SPPAN is Needed
States typically have the primary role in defining and regulating the practice of pain management via various professional licensing boards, other regulatory agencies, and state legislatures. Unfortunately, many of the actions (often reactions) taken by states arise from misunderstandings and/or a lack of knowledge about how, and by whom, pain is treated. Even worse, many regulations stem from financially-driven and fear-based motivations. Often, the resulting policies pose a clear threat to effective pain management practice and, ultimately, to the care of people with pain. To advance person-centered pain policy, collaboration to develop coordinated efforts among the many stakeholders is necessary . Thus far, state-level advocacy for positive pain management policy has been fragmented and inconsistent, as many organizations do not have the staff or volunteer capacity to lead effective state pain policy efforts. SPPAN provides the information, resources, and an organized network of pain policy leaders who are able to mobilize advocates on the state-level in the most effective way possible.
What We Do
SPPAN focuses on these three things: providing information, making connections, and taking action.
We gather intelligence so that we can provide advocacy leaders with up-to-date information about pain-related policies. We then help create the tools and resources required to engage and mobilize advocates in these leaders’ state-based networks. At its core, SPPAN focuses on coordinating collective action whenever possible in order to achieve the greatest impact for those people affected by life-changing pain. SPPAN communicates with its members through regular phone meetings, weekly legislative e-updates, and action alerts at critical times. SPPAN’s resources include: teleconferences on relevant topics, electronic updates, policy statements, draft legislative and regulatory language, and training and networking opportunities. Debuting in January 2015, SPPAN also provides a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind, policy-focused website with dedicated web pages for each of the 50 states so that advocates can quickly find relevant information, resources, and opportunities for action.
A Message from the Director
Get Informed. Find the latest updates on state pain policies, easy-to-read analyses, and learn about SPPAN's 2015 Policy and Advocacy Priorities. Get Connected. Learn how you can join with others in your state to advocate for pain care policies that ensure access to effective and comprehensive care for all people with pain. Take Action! Get the information, tools, and resources you need to be an effective advocate.
The State Pain Policy Advocacy Network (SPPAN) is a multi-member network of organizations and individuals dedicated to working together, in a cooperative and coordinated fashion, to ensure positive pain policies on the state level—policies that guarantee access to comprehensive, person-centered, and effective care for all people living with pain.
This website, which will be updated regularly, has been designed to serve as a portal to SPPAN activities. It is intended to be your primary source for up-to-date information about state pain laws and regulations, including easy-to-read analyses of these policies, and it will provide you with the resources you need to take action. Browse through the site to learn about SPPAN’s Policy and Advocacy Priorities for 2013, how state pain policies are affecting the field of pain management and what these policies can mean to you.
Whether you are a clinician who cares for people with pain, an advocate for those with pain, or a person living with pain, I hope that you will get involved with SPPAN in a way that is meaningful to you. To find out more about how you can get involved and take action, please write to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Goldstein, MSW