Write letters to Congress for AHDA Funding

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • Do you suffer with Migraines or other headache disorders, know someone who does, or just want to help others who are suffering with another form or chronic pain?  The AHDA has organized a letter-writing campaign to urge Congress to increase research funding.  Everything is set up for you.  All you have to do is fill in a few blanks and your request will be sent to your Representative. 

    I've sent my letter.  I hope you'll join me.  Please read the action alert below, then click the TAKE ACTION link at the end to email your delegate in the House of Representatives. 

    Dear AHDA advocates -

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    The moment has arrived for you to contact your members of the US House of Representatives to take action for increasing National Institutes of Health (NIH) research on headache disorders.

    Please go to the AHDA website as soon as possible to send strong but focused emails to your members of the House with just a few clicks. (http://www.allianceforheadacheadvocacy.org/)

    Publicly funded research is the key to fundamental discoveries that accelerate drug development and expand the field of headache medicine. However, the NIH has never provided adequate funding for research on headache disorders. Currently, NIH expenditures for headache research are less than $13M annually, comprising less than 0.05% of the NIH budget. Meanwhile, headache disorders cost more than $31B in the US annually, including 9% of lost labor productivity, and result in more lost years of healthy life every year than epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and ovarian cancer combined. As a consequence of insufficient research, only two innovative drugs have received FDA approval for migraine treatment in the past fifty years.

    We are requesting that the US House and the Senate each include language that prioritizes research on headache disorders with the fiscal year 2010 appropriations bills for the NIH. At this particular time, we need our members of the House to sign a "Dear Colleague" letter that they received last week.

    The AHDA website simplifies contacting your members of the House with the right message at the right time. You will also be able to add a brief personal statement to your members of the Houseif you wish.

    The more emails that members of the House receive from constituents right now, the more likely they will act upon this issue. You CAN make a difference. Let Congress know you care now.

    Also, right now please forward this email to everyone you know that also cares about someone suffering from migraine or other headache disorders.

    Through collective advocacy we will improve the care for individuals with headache disorders. Thanks very much for your help.

    Best regards to you all,

    Robert Shapiro, MD, PhD; Burlington, Vermont
    William Young, MD; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Brad Klein, MD, MBA; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Teri Robert, PhD; Washington, West Virginia                             TAKE ACTION

Published On: March 05, 2009