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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498

Date: September 3, 2013


Project Extension for Community Health Outcomes

WHO: Delaware Health and Social Services' (DHSS) Division of Public Health (DPH), Delaware Prescription Drug Action Committee (PDAC), Delaware Telehealth Coalition, Westside Family Healthcare, and Project ECHO organizers
WHAT: Chronic pain is a common health and quality of life issue. Physicians and patients must balance the very real need for pain management with the necessity of preventing drug misuse and abuse. And, many primary care providers do not receive extensive training in pain management. To meet these challenges, new models of care delivery are needed that use innovative technology and break down the barrier of limited access to pain management specialists. Project ECHO uses technology to join specialists and primary care providers, and helps them collaborate to develop the best treatment plan for patients. Studies suggest that as many as 30-50% of patients will suffer from chronic pain in their lifetime, and most patients seek care for pain in primary care. Up to 40% of primary care visits involve a complaint of pain.
WHEN: September 5, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Westside Family Healthcare
1802 W. 4th St.
Wilmington, DE 19805
SPEAKERS: Rita Landgraf, DHSS Secretary
Karyl Rattay, MD, MS, DPH Director, co-chair PDAC
Daren Anderson, MD, Vice President/Chief Quality Officer, Community Health Center, Inc. of Connecticut; and Director, Weitzman Quality Institute
Seiji Hayashi, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Bureau of Primary Healthcare, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration
Tom Stephens, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Westside Family Healthcare
QUESTIONS: 302-744-4704

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.