The opioid crisis has reached a fever pitch in the past year – the focus in the public sphere is on addiction, but lurking in the background is chronic pain. Join us for our next event on Thursday, Feb. 22, where we will bring the related problem of chronic pain into the foreground. Our guests will be Heidi Miller, M.D., and Patrice Pye, M.D. Does the chronic pain “industry” set up false hope for people with chronic pain? Is a “cure” for chronic pain within reach, or is it a myth? Which is more profitable, the status quo, or a solution?
Lecture: 5 p.m. Feb. 22, 2018
Location: Cupples House, 3673 West Pine Blvd, St. Louis, Mo., 63103
About the Speakers:
Heidi Miller, M.D., is a primary care physician and patient advocate who has focused her career on assuring high quality, trauma-informed, integrated, equitable access to health care for our most vulnerable patients. She trained at Yale University and Harvard Medical School, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She serves as a primary care doctor at the FQHC, Family Care Health Centers, in St. Louis. Miller is also the medical director for the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, the organization which initiated the Gateway to Better Health Program (serving 20,000 uninsured patients), Alive & Well STL, and a new 2018 initiative to address chronic pain as a key regional public health issue.
Miller also provides ongoing consultation for the St. Louis Integrated Health Network, Missouri Primary Care Association, and Siteman Cancer Center's Breast Cancer Partnership. She was appointed by the Missouri Governor to the Oversight Committee for Medicaid, selected for the Missouri Medical Home Collaborative Steering Committee, invited repeatedly to testify to the Missouri House and Senate Committees on health policies, and recognized by St. Louis Business Journal as one of its 40-under-40 honorees.
Patrice Pye, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has worked in a primary care setting for over 14 years, and currently works as a behavioral health consultant at Family Care Health Center (FCHC). She earned her Master's of Science and doctoral degrees from Saint Louis University. She served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for over seven years, and has worked at the St. Louis VA Health Care System (HCS) for over seven years. She has worked extensively in the area of interpersonal violence/trauma as well as in the management of chronic pain.
While at the VA, she was awarded two grants in the areas of screening for, identifying, and providing treatment for trauma, and in the management of chronic pain. She developed a manualized treatment for management of chronic pain, which utilizes a cognitive behavioral therapy approach to address patients’ pain experiences. Most recently, she has submitted a grant application to the Missouri Foundation for Health to formalize the management of chronic pain at FCHC to include an interdisciplinary team of providers.
A lecture by Gloria Wilder, M.D., president and CEO of CORE HEALTH a community health
and wellness design firm specializing in providing outcome focused solutions to the
Lecture: 4 p.m. March 8, 2018
Grand Rounds: 7:30 a.m. March 9, 2018
The Bander Center will schedule our April Signature Event speaker in conjunction with
the Conference on Medicine and Religion: Examining the Foundations of Medicine and Religion, April 13-15 at St. Louis Union Station Hotel.
Lecture: 6 p.m. April 13, 2018