Topics in Pain Management: Public Health, Addiction, and Palliative Care

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No Charge

1.75 Nursing Contact Hours; Certificate of Completion

R. Corey Waller, MD, MS

R. Corey Waller MD, MS is an addiction, pain, and emergency medicine specialist in Grand Rapids, MI.  He works within the Spectrum Health system, a fully integrated health system with 11 hospitals and over 1000 employed physicians. He is the Medical Director of the Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine, the Medical Staff Chief of Pain Medicine to the Spectrum Health Hospital System, as well as SUD Medical Director at Lakeshore Regional Partners (Community Mental Health-Region 3). Dr.

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Sheria Grice Robinson, PhD, RN

Sheria Grice Robinson PhD, RN is a first year post-doctoral fellow in the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program in Community Living and Participation. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Dr. Robinson was a pre-doctoral trainee at the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University where she completed a PhD in Nursing and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Dr. Robinson is interested in using mixed methods to study the adaptive coping strategies used by elders to manage pain and disability.

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Susan Hayes Affholter, MPH

Susan Hayes Affholter has worked for over 25 years in public health beginning in the field of occupational health and safety.  In 1999 she went to work for the State of Michigan addressing population health issues in its Cancer Prevention and Control Section, which was located within its Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control.  In this position she started working on cancer end-of-life issues, particularly pain and other symptom control.  She was the lead person for the Michigan Cancer Consortium on their end-of-life priority.

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Course Details

Who Should View this Webcast

Nurses in community health and clinical health care settings.


  • Identify pain as a public health issue
  • Recognize the need for management of both pain and addiction
  • Identify palliative care as a holistic approach to pain management

Continuing Education Credit

1.75 Nursing Contact Hours

The Michigan Public Health Training Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nursing contact hours for this course expire on December 31, 2018.

Certificate of Completion

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Register for the training
  • Sign into and view the course
  • Complete the post-evaluation
  • Complete and pass the post-quiz (75%+)

Planning Committee

Phoebe Goldberg, MPH, CHES; Julie McCallum, MPH, BSN, RN; Susan Hayes Affholter, MPH; Robert Corey Waller, MD, MS; Sheria Grice Robinson, PhD(c), RN, CHPN

Conflict of Interest

All instructors and activity planners have reported no conflicts of interest related to this activity.


Mention of brand name products in course content does not constitute an endorsement on behalf of the instructors, planning committee, sponsors, or providers of credit and their corresponding accrediting organizations.


This activity is provided by the Office of Public Health Practice at the University of Michigan (UM) School of Public Health, and its Michigan Public Health Training Center, which is a part of the Region V Great Lakes Public Health Training Collaborative.

With special thanks to the CDC and PHF E-Learning Institute and to Complex.Care.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27881 Region V Public Health Training Collaborative (total award amount $825,634) and grant number UB6HP20200. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

The University of Michigan School of Public Health, Michigan Public Health Training Center web-based training modules are designed to provide health care professionals with information to expand their knowledge and enhance their career development. These materials are intended solely for your educational use, and are not intended to be used as specific advice or recommendations to third parties. The UM SPH and MPHTC are not responsible for any consequences or outcomes resulting from the failure to seek appropriate nursing, medical, or other professional consultation. 

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Technical Information

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Did you know chronic pain impacts approximately 100 million Americans? This 2015 self-paced course designed for nurses explores pain management as a public health issue, with a focus on the emerging specialty areas of addiction and palliative care.  Each of three modules presented by some of Michigan’s pain experts will show the nuances of pain management and approaches to patient care.