It's time for my promised update on Headache On the Hill. For those of you not familiar with Headache On the Hill -- a group of doctors, scientists, and patient advocates made a trip to DC in September to talk with Senators and members of the House about the dire need for an increase in NIH funding for basic headache and Migraine research. That basic research MUST be done if we're to have new and more effective treatments.
We're gearing up for the grassroots part of this campaign, and that's where each and every one of you come in. Since the Headache On the Hill participants were from several organizations -- the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society, MAGNUM, the National Headache Foundation, the Headache Cooperative of New England, and others -- we've formed a new organization to continue the Headache On the Hill advocacy efforts. The new organization is the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA). You can reach our web site at www.HeadacheAdvocacy.org or www.MigraineAdvocacy.org.
What YOU Can Do To Help
Visit the AHDA site, lood around, and sign-up for email updates. We will notify you by email when new information is added and when it's time to take action.
Please spread the word to your friends and family. You can download our flier and distribute it to friends, family, whomever you know to encourage them to participate in this project. Every single person counts, so please talk to everyone you know about this and give them a copy of the flier. CLICK HERE to download the flier.
Early in 2008:
The most effective time to influence Congress is early in the year. So it will be crucial that as many emails as possible reach Congress at that time in order to affect the 2009 NIH budget. The AHDA website will make emailing Congress much easier for you. Our email notifications will prompt you to return to our site and email your members of Congress at the most effective time. Please ask your friends and loved ones to visit our site and email Congress as well.
I hope you'll all become involved in this important initiative. We all know how important it is that more effective treatments be found for Migraine disease and other headache disorders. But, without NIH funding, the basic research upon which other research depends will not be done. Senators and members of the House do listen to their constituents, so every single email to them will be vital. This is our chance to make a difference, and the AHDA is making it as easy as possible for everyone to participate.
Please join us!