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News Grant Funding Supports Regional Effort to Address Pain

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A recent grant from Regence BlueCross BlueShield Oregon will support additional communication efforts as part of a regional initiative called PainWise.

The $5,000 grant will assist with production of several short videos featuring local health professionals and residents, discussing issues related to pain and the ways they’ve found to successfully address it. The videos will be featured on the PainWise website and on the websites and social media channels of participating organizations.

PainWise was formed two years ago as part of a regional collaboration to address the growing crisis surrounding opioid use and misuse. Since then, organizers have expanded their focus to include more general education and resources about pain.

The PainWise website, painwise.org, includes information about local classes, support groups and other resources. Participating organizations include area health care providers, county health departments, higher education, law enforcement and other partners.

“We are pleased to provide this grant to help support the important work PainWise is doing,” said Dr. James Polo, Regence Behavioral Health Medical Director.  “Regence understands the urgency of the opioid crisis in our communities, and we want to help spread the word about resources available to help local residents and health care providers.”

Polo said Regence is working to decrease opioid misuse while supporting appropriate use for people who can benefit from opioid treatment.

Brent Godek, MD, Samaritan Family Medicine – Geary Street, who helps lead the PainWise effort, said the videos provide an important tool for education and support.

“It’s important for local residents to hear from others who have had similar experiences with pain, and for providers to share their information about local resources and options,” Godek said. “We appreciate the additional support provided by this grant to help us enhance the PainWise website.”

For more information about PainWise, visit painwise.org.