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About the Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress

Hosted by the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, in partnership with the Integrative Health Policy Consortium and PAINS Project, the Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress the only collective of its kind to unite representatives from 75+ organizations and agencies -- including licensed and certified health care professionals, public and private payers, people living with pain, federal agencies, purchasers of health care, researchers, policymakers, and policy experts -- to improve access to comprehensive integrative pain management (CIPM) for all.

What is CIPM?
At our 2017 inaugural meeting, more than 50 organizations came together and supported first ever consensus definition of CIPM, which is:

Comprehensive, integrative pain management includes biomedical, psychosocial, complementary health, and spiritual care. It is person-centered and focuses on maximizing function and wellness.  Care plans are developed through a shared decision-making model that reflects the available evidence regarding optimal clinical practice and the person’s goals and values.

Why is access to CIPM so vital?
There is clear consensus in this multi-stakeholder collaborative that comprehensive integrative pain management is the best approach to caring for people living with pain -- but unfortunately too many people with pain do not have adequate access to CIPM, and it is not widely understood among the public and health care providers. Improving access to CIPM should be a priority for all.

What are the goals of the Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress?
We believe that none of us can properly advance this kind of care alone. As a united front, this collective agrees that CIPM should be a priority and our goal is to improve access to this standard of care for people living with pain. CIPM must be understood by the public and health care professionals, covered by public and private insurers, and accessible to people with pain. Promoting CIPM is vital to solving our nation’s overlapping public health crises of chronic pain, opioid misuse and overdose, and mental health disorders.

Watch this short video created before our inaugural meeting that illustrated the common ground among our participating organizations:


The Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress is facilitated by the Academy of Integrative Pain Management and State Pain Policy Advocacy Network, in partnership with the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) and Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS).

Academy of Integrative Pain Management is not affiliated with Harvard University, nor is Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress a Harvard University program or activity.