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Health Center Receives Grant for Pain Management Model

By Angie Stewart

Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) in Middletown, Connecticut received a $453,000 grant to support a study of the VA Stepped Care Model for Pain Management in health centers. This grant, from the Mayday Fund, supports the “Pain STEP-ing Out: Sharing Best Practices in Pain Management between Community Health Center, Inc. and VA Connecticut Healthcare System” study.

This is the first-ever collaboration between a Federally Qualified Health Center and a VA Health System, and provides a much-needed opportunity for CHC. Dr. Daren Anderson, vice president and chief quality officer at CHC said:

“Providing effective, evidence-based care for patients with pain poses a significant challenge for CHC, but it is a critical need. Approximately 40 percent of our adult patients have moderate or greater pain, and 20 percent have severe pain; however, seeing a specialist to get the care they need often isn’t an option. Many specialists don’t accept state insurance or patients without insurance coverage.”

This study hopes to establish a model for chronic pain management not only for CHC, but for all health centers—the findings and the model will be made available to Community Health Centers across the United States.

One Commnet on “Health Center Receives Grant for Pain Management Model

  1. Its nice to see a website and a group of dr.s who know what its like and understand how hard it is to see a dr. with state insurance. I have chronic pain and had surgery. I feel that no one wants to listen and sometimes you just want someone to listen so you feel your not alone.

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