Association President and CEO Re-Appointed to Federal Advisory Committee on Pain

March 20, 2013

Tina Tockarshewsky

The Neuropathy Association is pleased to announce that it’s president and CEO Tina M. Tockarshewsky has been re-appointed to the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) is a federal advisory committee created by the Department of Health and Human Services to enhance pain research efforts and promote collaboration across the government, with the ultimate goals of advancing fundamental understanding of pain and improving pain-related treatment strategies. The Committee roster includes seven Federal members and twelve non-Federal members, six drawn from the scientific and medical communities and six members of the public and stakeholder groups.  

Tockarshewsky was one of the first members to serve on the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee when it was launched in 2011. This Committee resulted from Pain Care Act language incorporated into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and has been a long-sought initiative within the pain community, with appointments coming directly from Sec. Kathleen Sebelius (HHS). The Committee is charged with addressing the pain research recommendations identified in the Institute of Medicine report on pain that was released on June 29, 2011.

In addition, the IPRCC was recently charged by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health to create a comprehensive population health level strategy for pain prevention, treatment, management, and research. This strategy is a core recommendation of the 2011 IOM Report: Relieving Pain in America (Recommendation 2-2): "The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services should develop a comprehensive, population health-level strategy for pain prevention, treatment, management, education, reimbursement, and research that includes specific goals, actions, time frames, and resources."


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