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National Headache Foundation

Cure headache, and to end its pain and suffering

aka NHF   |   Chicago, IL   |  http://www.headaches.org/

Mission

Our mission at the National Headache Foundation has been to further awareness of headache and migraine as legitimate neurobiological diseases. With aid from advanced technology and clinical innovation, there are more treatment options than ever before.

We have collected the most comprehensive information on headache and migraine, which we make freely available to you. Every day, our physician finder connects patients, who have just begun to seek treatment or those who are looking for more options, to neurologists and headache specialists. Our magazine, Head Wise provides in depth articles on advances in treatment and understanding of these complex diseases.

Ruling year info

1971

Executive Director

Susan Stone

Main address

820 N Orleans Suite 201

Chicago, IL 60610 USA

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EIN

23-7073022

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (G01)

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Our programs

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Headache Awareness and Research

National Headache Awareness Week
Headache Education and Support Group Program
Research Grants
Headache Research Summit

Population(s) Served

Despite the prevalence of headache, there are not nearly enough clinicians recognized for their ability to care for it. As you may know, requirements to obtain the subspecialty in headache medicine via the certification process of the United Council of Subspecialties in Neurology, are restrictive and effectively prevent all non-neurologists from receiving recognition. As a pain management specialist caring for headache and migraine patients, you should not be prohibited from being recognized. Recognizing qualified clinicians also helps headache patients find the care they need. Exams are offered in all 50 states twice a year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with diseases and illnesses

Operation Brainstorm from the National Headache Foundation (NHF) is a health resource initiative for the military community: veterans, active-duty, families, and loved ones living with migraine disease and headache disorders.

Operation Brainstorm is developing a robust online educational, awareness, and navigation to care hub to house tools and resources customized for and with the military community. The six Veterans Services Organizations will be an integral part of Operation Brainstorm.

Targeted city post commanders will be identified to support listening tours, educational forums, and panel discussions bringing veterans together to learn about migraine disease and headache disorders. Healthcare professionals within the VA system will receive CME programs, tools, and resources to optimize the care of the patients they serve.

Through this program, Operation Brainstorm will reach and support millions in the military community.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Retired people
Veterans

Many people experience headache disorders, often due to triggers related to their age, gender, health, and overall lifestyle. Students are no different. In fact, these young and seemingly healthy individuals often lead lifestyles that put them at high risk for headache disorders.

That is why the National Headache Foundation (NHF) developed Migraine University. Migraine University is a program aimed at helping students navigate their headache journey while balancing school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

WorkMigraine is an online workplace wellness program that helps employees and their managers understand migraine disease.

Studies show our program can reduce both the incidents of migraine as well as lost workdays and reduced productivity due to migraine disease. WorkMigraine has been successfully utilized by small businesses to corporations with over 10,000 employees.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Primary Care Migraine consists of four modules that have been prepared and presented by nationally acclaimed leaders in the field of headache medicine. The modules include:

Diagnosing Migraine
Secondary Headache Disorders
Acute Therapy
Prevention

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Academics
Self-employed people

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National Headache Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Vincent Martin, MD

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/26/2023

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