OCA Launches" Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women"

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The Overlapping Conditions Alliance Launches the “Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women” to Fight Discrimination Against Women in U.S. Healthcare

Campaign Released Comprehensive Report & Groundbreaking Campaign Film on Chronic Pain in Women

WASHINGTON D.C. (May 25th, 2010) – The Overlapping Conditions Alliance invites the media to join a conference call Thursday, May 27th at 1:30pm ET to discuss the launch of the Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women, an advocacy campaign fighting to end discrimination and improve care for women suffering from chronic pain. The Campaign aims to improve the quality of women’s lives by raising awareness about chronic pain conditions that disproportionately impact women, as well as the neglect, dismissal and discrimination faced by women living with chronic pain under the current U.S. healthcare system.

WHEN: Thursday, May 27th, 2010, 1:30pm ET

WHO: Kim McCleary, President & CEO, CFIDS Association of America

Christin Veasley, Associate Director, National Vulvodynia Association

Terrie Cowley, President, TMJ Association

**TO PARTICIPATE, CALL (866) 773-8416 AND ENTER ACCESS 700605#

At the press conference held on May 19th the Campaign released a groundbreaking report, Chronic Pain in Women: Neglect, Dismissal and Discrimination, which offers policy recommendations that could save the government billions of dollars in wasted healthcare costs each year. The hour-long launch event also featured the premiere of the short film, Through the Maze: Women and Pain, and the unveiling of the Campaign website www.EndWomensPain.org. Following the event, Campaign leaders are scheduled to meet with targeted congressional offices to discuss key report findings and policy recommendations.

Chronic Pain in Women: Neglect, Dismissal and Discrimination, which was commissioned by the Campaign, examines the current lack of effective treatments and research funding for chronic pain conditions that predominantly affect women, and how improvements in research, education and access to effective treatments could contribute to improved quality of care and cost control.

According to the Campaign report, in 2009 the National Institutes of Health invested only $65 million in research into the six chronic pain conditions highlighted in the report — chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders and vulvodynia — just two-tenths of one percent of its total budget. That is an average of just $1.33 for every affected woman and represents less than one-tenth of one percent of the annual estimated cost of these conditions.

The Campaign includes volunteer leaders from four non-profit patient advocacy organizations, including The CFIDS Association of America, The Endometriosis Association, The National Vulvodynia Association, and The TMJ Association.

About The Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women:

The Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women is an advocacy campaign fighting to end discrimination and improve care for women suffering from chronic pain. The Campaign is made up of volunteer leaders from the CFIDS Association of America, Endometriosis Association, National Vulvodynia Association, and The TMJ Association. For more information, visit www.EndWomensPain.org.

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