Caruana discusses migraine disease and headaches.

U.S. Pain Foundation hosted a Take Control of Your Pain education day on April 2 in partnership with the New York State Pain Society. The free event, which took place in West Harrison, New York, aimed to help individuals living with chronic pain become better educated regarding treatments, introduce them to the importance of advocating, and provide support resources.

Speakers included Nicole Hemmenway, vice president of U.S. Pain Foundation and director of the INvisible Project, who gave an overview of the organization; Allison Caruana, MD, of Northwell Health, who spoke about migraine disease and headaches; Gwenn Hermann, LCSW-C, DCSW, executive director and founder of U.S. Pain’s Pain Connection program, who led a meditation exercise; Wendy Foster, a senior U.S. Pain advocate, who shared her patient journey; Paul Gileno, founder and president of U.S. Pain, who spoke about over-the-counter medications; and finally, Yuriy Ivanov, DO, of the Montefiore Medical Center, who discussed medical marijuana.

“We’re incredibly grateful to all of our speakers and participants,” says Lori Monarca, U.S. Pain director of ambassadors and executive office director, who organized the event. “Education is a crucial part of our mission.”

For more information on Take Control of Your Pain, visit uspainfoundation.org/tcoyp/. .