Tracy Lee Karner

Leaders, we need YOU!

Tracy Lee Karner
Bloom! Dream. Believe. Lead!

Dream. Believe. Lead.
Even if you are not personally interested in becoming a skilled leader/advocate, please take just one minute to pass this on right now to everyone you think might be interested.
Those of us who suffer from pain NEED leaders now, to help us achieve our dream of a better future for everyone who has fibromyalgia and chronic pain.
I learned just this morning that the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association if offering full tuition scholarships, valued at $1400, to attend the 5th annual Leaders against Pain national training program in Washington D.C. November 6-9, 2012. 
Former graduates of this program are now leading support groups all over the country and effectively advocating at state and national levels on behalf of people with FM and overlapping conditions, and are making tremendous impact both at the local, state and national level as political advocates.
Anyone who participates will not only be giving crucial aid to the fibromyalgia and chronic pain communities, they will also receive incredibly valuable leadership training that will help promote them in their careers. The training will give them a deeper understanding of how to use the political system to accomplish good things, no matter what their career is.
This scholarship is a fabulous opportunity–and I hope that if you are in any position to take advantage of it, you will consider doing so.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to step forward and lead. We really need leaders! Although many of the attendees have been people with fibromyalgia and chronic pain, anyone –especially if you care about someone whose life has been adversely impacted by FM or CP–can become an advocate for our community.
I would love to attend this conference, but it would be too rigorous for me at this time. Right now, I’m setting my sights on being in the position next  next year to attend.
Please tell everyone you know about this — someone out there is the right person to help us realize our goal of making life exponentially easier and more productive (it CAN be done; we just need to commit to it) for people with FM and CP.
For more information, please keep reading. But even if you’re not personally interested, please take just one minute to pass this on right now.
This year’s Leaders Against Pain™ course highlights include:
•       Leadership training skills
•       Patient access to care issues
•       Overview of current FM therapies and treatments
•       State of FM research
•       Building relationships
•       Fundraising skills
•       Awareness and issues surrounding FM and overlapping disorders
•       Social media training
•       Media training
•       Political advocacy skills and implementation of programs (on Capitol Hill, letter writing campaigns, state initiatives, etc.)
•       Special events planning/implementation skills
•       Support & Education Group development and implementation skills
•       Institute of Medicine report Relieving Pain in America:  A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research
•       Overview of NFMCPA programs and how leaders can implement programs in their areas and become NFMCPA affiliates
•       Understanding the Leaders Against Pain™ Coalition
Upon completion of the training program, participants will become members of the Leaders Against Pain Coalition™. The Coalition is the advocacy arm of the NFMCPA.
Application Deadline: September 19th 2012, at 11:59 pm EST
For more information on this years’ Leaders Against Pain Coalition and the Scholarship Program, click here.
For Scholarship Requirements, click here.
To view and file the online application, click here.

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