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New RHC Report Offers Recommendations to Improve Chronic Pain Prevention and Treatment in the St. Louis Region and State of Missouri
The St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) released the Chronic Pain Prevention and Treatment Policy Paper for regional stakeholders as part of its Chronic Pain Initiative, a regional effort to prevent and reduce the impact of chronic pain.
“The growing need reflects the changing demographics of the region, Robert Fruend, the commission’s CEO said. North St. Louis was long considered the neediest part of the city. As a result, majority of the region’s low-cost health clinics are there. But ‘over time, over the last 20 to 30 years, that node of this concentrated circle of poverty and need that we had in our region has migrated outwards,’ Fruend said.”
Check out this St. Louis Public Radio story which highlights our recent report “Geography Matters: The Impact of Regionality on Safety Net Access Trends in St. Louis.”