Who is the AHDA

The Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA) is dedicated to advocacy efforts that can result in better treatment for all patients with headache disorders.

The ADHA is comprised of nonprofit organizations who are vitally concerned about the health of patients with headache disorders including migraine disease, cluster headaches, chronic daily headache, new daily persistent headache, tension-type headaches.

Since 2007, AHDA has advocated consistently for increased recognition of, and more equitable federal policies towards, Americans with disabling headache disorders. These advocacy efforts have been expressed through nine annual Headache on the Hill (HOH) congressional fly-in events in Washington, DC, as well as multiple other activities throughout the years.

IRS Status

AHDA is a 501(c)(6) non profit organization, as classified by the IRS. In this classification, donations are not typically tax-deductible for the donor.

Member Organizations

Board of Directors

  • Derek Brandt – AAN
  • Robert Cowan, MD – HCOP
  • Jill Dehlin – Member at large
  • Joanna Kempner, PhD
  • Brian Kennedy – AfPA
  • Shirley Kessel – MFM
  • Vincent Martin, MD – NHF
  • Stephanie Nahas, MD
  • Tammy Rome – CHSG
  • Robert Shapiro, MD, PhD – HCNE, AHS, NHF, AAN
  • Bert Vargas, MD – SHS
  • David Watson – R4R
  • Bob Wold – Clusterbusters
  • William Young, MD – AHS, AAN

Executive committee

  • Bert Vargas, MD – President
  • Stephanie Nahas, MD – Vice President
  • Joanna Kempner, PhD – Treasurer
  • Bob Wold – Secretary
  • Katie MacDonald – Executive Director