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, African Americans bear 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 racial health disparities in headache medicine. It is also diversifying the engaged headache patient community.
Reducing Health Disparities
In 2020, DiHAC 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 will diversify the engaged headache patient community and reduce health disparities in headache medicine.
The Council is organized by CHAMP in partnership with The Migraine Diva Jaime Sanders.
To learn more and get involved with DiHAC, please email DiHAC@HeadacheMigraine.
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.