Advocacy Stories FAQ
What is the Advocacy Stories project?
The Miles for Migraine Advocacy Stories project highlights your everyday advocacy moments, interactions, and experiences. There are many different ways that health advocacy shows up as individuals advocate for themselves and others in everyday encounters. We want to share and amplify these stories.
What is advocacy?
Advocacy is an activity by an individual or group that aims to influence change. Health advocacy seeks to ensure that everyone has access to the resources and support they need while living with a health condition(s).
What are examples of advocacy?
Educate yourself about your health condition(s).
Share factual information with others, online and in-person.
Raise public awareness about the disease.
Connect with others in the headache disorders community.
Participate in headache disorders community events, such as Miles for Migraine run/walk/relax events and education days.
Tell your story: there are multiple places online to share your headache disorders journey story.
Share a specific advocacy story as part of this project!
How can I participate in the Advocacy Stories project?
Submit an original, unpublished story here: HERE.
For more details on the process for participating, see below.
What is an Advocacy Story?
A story of a specific time you advocated for yourself or someone else, or a time that someone else advocated for you. Share about that moment, interaction, or experience of advocacy.
This is not the place to share your headache disorders journey story or entire advocacy story. There are other outlets for doing so. This project seeks to focus on individual instances or specific moments of advocacy.
Do I have to have a headache disorder to participate?
No. This project is not limited to migraine and other headache disorders, nor is it limited to individuals that personally experience a health condition.
How long should my story be?
There is no required length, as stories can be impactful from as few as a couple of sentences. Do not feel pressured to make it longer than it needs to be. Share your everyday experience of advocacy in under 500 words.
Do I have to include a photo?
No. You do not have to include a photo with your story. We encourage you to consider including a photo, however, as your story has more impact with one.
Where are the Advocacy Stories shared?
Stories are shared on MFM’s public social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn), and some will be featured in the email newsletter.
Will my story be edited?
Yes. Our team will edit your story and contact you for final review before being published.
What if I still don’t know how to write my advocacy story?
Submit what you can, and include that you would like additional assistance in forming and sharing a story. Our team will evaluate if and how we are able to assist and reach out.
What is the process for participating in the Advocacy Stories project?
- Submit HERE.
- Our team will edit your story and contact you for final review.
- Stories are published on the Miles for Migraine (MFM) website.
- Stories are shared on MFM’s public social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn), and some will be featured in the email newsletter.
- Please like and share MFM’s posts across your social media, and invite others to share an Advocacy Story HERE.
If you have further questions and/or need more guidance or assistance with submitting for the project, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Migraine and Headache Awareness Month
Migraine and headache awareness month (MHAM) is a time to expand advocacy and participate in building migraine and headache awareness. Miles for Migraine advocates every day for migraine and headache disorder patients and families, but June is a special time. There are many ways to participate in MHAM throughout the month and we encourage you…
Ashley Hattle’s Advocacy Win
Ashley Hattle’s advocacy win is written and told by Ashley Hattle and edited by Miles for Migraine team. Miles for Migraine’s Advocacy Stories highlights the many different ways that health advocacy shows up as individuals advocate for themselves and others. This project is not limited to migraine and other headache disorders, nor is it limited to…