Thursday, February 07, 2013

Headache on the Hill 2013: I'm Going!

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Headache on the Hill is an annual event sponsored by the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA). It brings headache disorders patients and doctors to Capitol Hill in DC to lobby their members of Congress for better research funding. For the first time since the event's inception, I'm able to participate this year. I'm beyond excited.

The 2013 Headache on the Hill event will be on Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9. Day one is orientation, while day two involves appointments on the Hill. The deadline for submitting your application and your making hotel reservations is Friday, March 8, 2013, but you're encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

You can access the application at this link: Application for Sixth Annual Headache on the Hill.

Anyone is welcome to apply, but there are a few things I'd encourage you to keep in mind before submitting an application:
  • Patients who apply need to be healthy enough to attend both the orientation session the day before the event AND their appointments. Hill appointments need to be made in advance, and breaking appointments makes the AHMA look bad as an organization and hurts the cause.
  • If you're not healthy enough to consider applying, please know that by signing up for the AHDA email list and following through on action alerts, you can do a lot to help the cause right from home: Sign up for AHDA emails.
  •  Finally, those who apply are not guaranteed to be accepted to the program.
For more information about Headache on the Hill 2013, please check out the frequently asked questions: HOH 2013 FAQ.

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DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.