Who are Leaders Against Pain?
They are people with chronic pain who want to make changes in the way their illness is viewed by the medical community, legislators, government agencies and, more personally, their family, friends and other loved ones. They want to be a voice for their suffering and offer hope to others who struggle with the same invisible chains that hold them hostage. They are advocates.
What are the core elements of Leaders Against Pain Scholarship Program?
The highly interactive Leaders Against Pain Scholarship Training Program teaches skills that address:
- Leading an effective support group
- Advocating on behalf of people with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions.
- Creating fibromyalgia and chronic pain awareness events
- Learning how to use media, advocacy and leadership skills to raise awareness and make changes in the chronic pain community including:
- Legislative actions that affect chronic pain access to healthcare
- Medical education to increase healthcare professionals knowledge of fibromyalgia and other chronic pain condition
- Advocating for more scientific research funding for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions
- Opportunities to meet and interact with others who are have a similar vision while gaining advanced skills with the Leaders Against Pain Action Network
Personal advocacy begins with knowledge of your story and how to convey it in order to motivate desired actions and outcomes. Developing a participant’s story of her or his journey with FM or other chronic pain condition is the first step in being a voice for themselves and millions of others. This done by:
- Media training including TV, radio and journalistic interview tactics. This part of the program will be taught by seasoned professionals and includes videotaping of story presentations, real life interview interactions (Q&A), how to expand or deflate a story for a particular time period, and becoming familiar and comfortable in media situations.
- Legislative advocacy: Professional trainers will lead participants through several types of legislative education including how to make congressional visits, both at state and national levels.
- How to develop and deliver an advocacy “ask,” such as “When can we expect action on better healthcare for people in pain?”
- Creating local and state chronic pain awareness events and then how to promote those events through media interview skills.
Apply now to participate in the
Application deadline is August 22, 2014.