The Disparities in Headache Advisory Council (DiHAC) was born from the need to address the inequities and systemic racism of the American healthcare system.
Unfortunately, the black community bears the brunt of existing healthcare challenges, especially when related to headache diseases. DiHAC is a cross-functional group of patient advocacy organization leaders, BIPOC headache patients and healthcare providers. The Council is tasked with identifying and supporting solutions to ALL health disparities in headache medicine. It is also diversifying the engaged headache patient community.
Intersections of Headache
The Intersections of Headache video project aims to share the unique and diverse journeys of people of diverse backgrounds who share a common thread – living with diverse headache diseases. Please join us by sharing your important story.
Resources to Help Guide You
We at CHAMP understand everyone’s migraine/headache journey is unique. We also know because disparities in health care exist, some face more challenges than others. We hope some of the resources we have gathered can help.
Dont’ see resources for you? We will continue to add new resources throughout 2023. Follow us on social media to see when we add new content.
Disparities in Headache – An Issue Brief
Offering Educational Events and Seed Funding
Our new DiHAC Issue Brief helps shine a light on the topic of health disparities and patient care and the path forward. As a community, we need to continue down this path and stay focused on the goal — giving all people living with headache disorders, regardless of their racial or socioeconomic status, equitable access to patient care.
The History of DiHAC
In 2020, DiHAC was formed to hosted a cross-cultural competency training series for its members and continued to host frequent webinars with guest presentations from leaders of effective disparity reduction campaigns in other disease areas. In early 2021, the Council reviewed and approved six proposals for new initiatives that aimed to diversify the engaged headache patient community and reduce health disparities in headache medicine.
The Council was created in partnership with The Migraine Diva Jaime Sanders.
To learn more and get involved with DiHAC, please email Director of Advocacy Amy Graham.