March 8, 2018
On March 8, 2018, Dr. David Walton, an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences and a member of Western's Bone and Joint Institute, was awarded one of 12 Mayday Pain & Society Fellowships: Communicating Science & Improving Care.
The Fellows come from across the United States and Canada, with a wide range of pain expertise, including anesthesiology, pediatric care, headache and orofacial pain, pain science and psychology.
The Fellows were selected from more than 55 applicants by a multi-disciplinary Advisory Committee, comprising leaders working on pain related issues in the U.S. and Canada.
Dr. Walton will attend a four-day, intensive workshop in Washington, D.C., where awarded Fellows will learn skills to effectively communicate and advocate for the translation of scientific research and evidence-based best practices in pain care and management. This event will be led by trainers and coaches from Burness, a public interest communications firm that works with non-profit organizations globally to highlight solutions that can be used to improve the human condition and advance social change. Following the workshop, Fellows will receive follow-up coaching support to pursue their advocacy goals.
“The need for the expert voices of pain researchers and clinicians to improve pain care in the U.S. and Canada is greater than ever,” said Christina Spellman, the MAYDAY Fund’s executive director. “The Mayday Fellowship will help this year’s Fellows develop the skills to bring their knowledge of the latest in pain research and evidence-based care to the public, healthcare practitioners and policymakers. Their messages will help shape conversations about access to care, pain research, emerging pain treatments, clinical practice improvements, disparities in care, and the progress that is being made in knowledge about pain and its impact.”
2018 Fellows will join 60 experts from the previous Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship: A Media & Policy Fellows Initiative which operated from 2004 through 2015.
"The Mayday Fund leadership is excited to welcome the 2018-19 Fellows, who join an impressive group of experts from prior fellowship years,” said Caroline N. Sidnam, a MAYDAY Fund Trustee. “We believe that public education and the support of quality science are essential to improving the way that pain is understood and treated.”