News Release - August 20, 2014
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THE MAYDAY FUND ANNOUNCES 2014-15 WINNERS OF THE MAYDAY PAIN & SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP
NEW YORK (August 20, 2014) – The Mayday Fund today announced the selection of six experts in pain management to be Fellows of The Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship. The new Fellows come from across the United States and Canada, specializing in a wide range of health care disciplines, including anesthesiology, neuroscience, pain policy, pediatric care and psychology. The Fellowship program is in its tenth and final year.
The Fellowship provides pain care leaders with skills to communicate effectively about pain, the impact it has on quality of life, and its implications on clinical and policy issues.
“More than ever, we need the voices of pain researchers, clinicians and advocates to raise awareness about the urgent problem of pain in America,” said Russell K. Portenoy, MD, Chairman of The Mayday Fellowship Advisory Committee and Director of the MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care. “The Mayday Fellowship will equip this year’s Fellows with the skills necessary to expand the conversation about access to care, treatment disparities, the need for pain research, and other critical aspects of the problem.”
Since the beginning of the program in 2004, the Mayday Fellowship Advisory Committee has selected 60 Fellows, including this new class.
“The Mayday Fund Trustees welcome the class of 2014. They join an impressive group of advocates,” said Christina M. Spellman, Executive Director of The Mayday Fund. “The Trustees believe that public education and advocacy hold the potential to make a difference in how pain is understood, cared for, and treated. The Fellows will help to reach these goals.”
The new 2014-2015 Fellows are:
As part of their training, the Fellows will attend an intensive four-day workshop in Washington, DC in October 2014, and will work closely with media and policy coaches from Burness Communications, a public relations firm that works with non-profit organizations to highlight solutions that can be used to improve the human condition and advance social change. Fellows will learn how to connect with local and national media, write opinion editorials, use social media, and educate Members of Congress and other policymakers about pain care research and treatment. By improving their communications skills, they will also be poised to move the field forward and collaborate with other advocates, health and business leaders, and their own peers.
On the Mayday Fellowship Advisory Committee, in addition to Chair Russell K. Portenoy, MD are: James N. Campbell, MD, Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University, and President and Chief Scientific Officer, Centrexion Corporation; Scott M. Fishman, MD, Fullerton Endowed Chair, Professor of Anesthesiology, and Chief, Division of Pain Medicine and Executive Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, University of California, Davis; Kathleen M. Foley, MD, Medical Director, International Palliative Care Initiative of the Public Health Program, Open Society Foundation, and Attending Neurologist, Department of Neurology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Carmen R. Green, MD, Associate Vice President and Associate Dean, Office for Health Equity and Inclusion, and Professor of Anesthesiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan Health System; Sandra H. Johnson, JD, Professor Emerita, Law and Health Care Ethics, Center for Health Law Studies, Saint Louis University School of Law; Patrick McGrath, PhD, Integrated Vice President, Research and Innovation, Capital District Health Authority and IWK Health Centre; and Lonnie Zeltzer, MD, Director, Children’s Pain and Comfort Care Program, and Distinguished Professor, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.
Established in 1992, the Mayday Fund is dedicated to further Shirley Steinman Katzenbach's commitment to social and medical causes. Her special interest in the treatment of pain forms the core of the Fund's mission. Over the last 22 years, Mayday has contributed to many different projects, among them, surveys of public attitudes to pain and its treatment; clinical and academic research; assistance to public and professional advocacy groups; the worldwide documentary film, “Life Before Death,” which raises awareness about the global crisis of untreated and undertreated pain; and most recently, a video to help health care professionals understand the importance of good communication and treatment for pain and palliative care.