UM to Host National Health Experts at Montana Pain Conference

January 30, 2018

MISSOULA – A major health conference about chronic pain care, featuring national experts on the topic, will be held Thursday and Friday, April 5-6, at the University of Montana. Continuing education credits will be available for health professionals.

The Montana Pain Conference: Evolving Science and Modalities will be held both days in the University Center Ballroom. Participants can register online at

The conference will be hosted by the Western Montana Area Health Education Center and the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana.

Featured national pain experts will include Dr. Jack Westfall, a rural opioid expert; Sean Fargo, a mindfulness consultant; Melissa Geraghty, a patient communications specialist; Jeffery Fudin, a pharmacist opioid risk manager; and Dr. Gregory Carter, a medical cannabis specialist.

Experts will discuss topics such as opioid-use disorder in rural communities, meditation versus medicine, issues in communicating about chronic pain, using cannabis to treat chronic pain and more.

For more information call Sara Laney of Western Montana AHEC at 406-243-5575 or email


Contact: Sara Laney, Western Montana Area Health Education Center official, 406-243-5575,