Establish IHS Headache Centers

Take Action to Address Healthcare Disparities and Establish Headache Disorders Centers of Excellence within the Indian Health Service

Deadline: April 28, 2022 

WHAT:

In collaboration with our 15th annual Headache on the Hill Advocacy Day, we are asking our supporters and advocates to contact their Congressional Representative to urge their support of much needed funding to establish six Headache Disorders Centers of Excellence within the Indian Health Service. 

Background:

Headache Disorders cause extraordinary burden and disproportionately impact the American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

  • Migraine is the 2nd leading cause of US and global disability.
  • US American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) communities have the highest prevalence of disabling headaches.
  • Over 560,000 people (22.1% of 2.56 million) under Indian Health Service care have migraine or severe headaches.

Existing resources within the Indian Health Service to address this problem are minimal.

  • Access to care by a Neurologist within the Indian Health Service is less than one seventh that of the US national average.
  • There are no doctors at all within the Indian Health Service with specialty UCNS-certification in  the field of Headache Medicine. 

Read more about our ask here and here.

The Ask:

Reach out to your member of Congress and ask them to sign-on to our bipartisan Dear Colleague Letter to request $7m funding in FY23 to establish six Headache Disorders Centers of Excellence within the Indian Health Service.

WHY: The more Congressional offices that sign-on to our letter, the better chance we have at getting our appropriations request in the budget! 

HOW: Click the link to the right to Contact Your Representative. You will complete a brief form to help the system determine which representative to direct your message to. There is a pre-formatted email to send to your representative and the option for a brief personalization of the message. 

What else can I do to help? After you send your letter, help us spread the word on social media to get more people engaged. Find sample tweets and graphics here

QUESTIONS?  If you have questions, please email info@allianceforheadacheadvocacy.org