About Us

What we are:

The Pain Community’s (TPC) overarching goal is to improve the overall health, wellbeing, and quality of life of people with pain. Started in 2012 by people living with pain, caregivers, and pain management professionals, TPC is a much needed, 501 (c)(3) organization that has been created to:

  • Build an informed virtual community in which people with pain, their family members and friends can receive information, education, advocacy, and above all, generous and compassionate support.
  • Join with others to advocate for access to quality care for all people with pain.

Our Mission:

True service is not a relationship between an expert and a problem … it is a relationship between people who bring the full resource of their combined humanity to the table and share them generously. –Rachel Remen

To build and strengthen an active, energized and diverse community of people affected by pain by providing a foundation of support where education, wellness information and advocacy are promoted.

Our Vision:

People with pain are informed experts who actively manage their pain conditions to achieve better health and wellness; they use their voices to speak out for better pain care for all.

Who we are:

The team, which includes a Board of Directors and Steering Committee, understands the complexity of pain and the many ways it interferes with people’s lives. All have years of experience working in, and navigating through, the complexities of the pain management system and are knowledgeable about quality resources and useful tools available for people with pain.

Who we were—a brief organizational history:

The Women With Pain Coalition (WWPC) was started in 2004 to raise awareness of gender disparity in pain management. Because of competing priorities and parallel missions of board members, this organization remained dormant until 2011. In June 2012, the Board approved a proposal to change the DBA (doing business as) to The Pain Community (TPC) and established a steering committee to continue this work.

What we stand for and what sets us apart:

What differentiates TPC from other organizations is that TPC embraces, promotes, and educates people with pain about an integrative approach to care, which is positive, hopeful, and empowering. The caveat: it requires an understanding that there are no quick fixes for pain, particularly when chronic. To heal and become well again takes work by both the person with pain and the health care provider(s).

Based on this model of pain management, TPC will communicate key messages to people with pain. In addition, TPC is committed to demonstrating transparency in its financial operations. This information will be publicly available in the financial transparency section.

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