In 2012, the APS Board of Directors refined the organizational structure to reflect the society's mission and strategic goals in eight domains. Extensive effort was invested in designing the domains and resulted in two distinct infrastructures: Administrative and Mission. The Administrative Infrastructure supports the operations of APS through the Membership, Governance, Finance & Operations, and Communications domains. The Mission Infrastructure supports the mission, vision, and values of the organization through the Research, Education, Clinical, and Advocacy domains. These domains provide the foundation for the Board of Directors at several rigorous planning meetings to continually set priorities to guide the organization for the near future.
The following mission-driven domains provide a summary view of the results of the board's planning efforts. The strategies in place are the basis of important new projects APS is funding.
Enduring Strategic Goals
APS will be a professional home in which investigators involved in all aspects of pain research including basic, translational, clinical, and health services research will find the support and inspiration they need to flourish professionally. APS will effectively support expansion of high-quality pain research.
APS will be the primary education source for the acquisition and dissemination of the latest scientifically based information on pain and its treatment.
Prevention and treatment of pain will be improved in diverse clinical settings, including pain clinics, primary care, and other specialty setting by applying APS standards of cost-effective, inter-disciplinary, evidence based care.
APS will effectively influence the evolution of public and private regulations, policies, and practices in a manner that supports the development of optimal prevention and interdisciplinary treatment of pain for all people.