The National Headache Foundation Wins Award in 2008 National Health Information Awards Program
A public service campaign takes Silver Award home and honor of educating audiences about migraine
Chicago, IL – October 1, 2008 – The National Headache Foundation (NHF) was selected as a winner in the 15th annual National Health Information AwardsSM. This program recognizes the nation’s best consumer health information programs and materials.
The Achieve Migraine Relief: Play to Win - PSA received a Silver Award for the public service advertisement category. The public service campaign, funded through an educational grant from Glaxo SmithKline, featured Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman speaking about his experience with migraines in hopes that other men will follow his lead and talk to their healthcare provider. The campaign stems from recent research that found approximately seven million men are migraine sufferers and men are less likely than women to see a healthcare provider about their condition.
“We are honored to be selected as a Silver Award winner from the more than 1,000 entries in the National Health Information Awards program,” said Suzanne Simons, Executive Director of the NHF. “This is wonderful recognition of NHF as the premiere educational resource in headache. Yet, our biggest reward is educating more Americans about receiving proper diagnosis and treatment to improve their quality of life.”
Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, which are most commonly experienced between the ages of 15 and 55. Seventy to eighty percent of sufferers have a family history of migraine. Seventy percent of migraine sufferers are women. Less than half of all migraine sufferers have received a diagnosis of migraine from their healthcare professional. Migraine is often misdiagnosed as sinus or tension-type headache.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL HEADACHE FOUNDATION
The National Headache Foundation, founded in 1970, is a non-profit organization which exists to enhance the healthcare of headache sufferers. It is a source of help to sufferers’ families, physicians who treat headache sufferers, allied healthcare professionals and to the public. The NHF accomplishes its mission by providing educational and informational resources, supporting headache research and advocating for the understanding of headache as a legitimate neurobiological disease. Interviews with headache specialists are available upon request.
For more information on headache causes and treatments, visit www.headaches.org or call 1-888-NHF-5552 (M-F. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT).
ABOUT THE NATIONAL HEALTH INFORMATION AWARDS
The awards program is coordinated by the Health Information Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for consumer health information programs and materials. The Center, which houses a large collection of such public and private sector materials, promotes the distribution of accurate, timely consumer health information materials to professionals and managers in the field.
Suzanne E. Simons
National Headache Foundation
(215) 925-9901, ext. 1426