Achieving Empowered Migraine Care & Living Your Best Life

A Patient Town Hall For The LGBTQ+ Community - Open to All


Thursday, May 2, 2024
7:30 PM EST

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This Is a Virtual Event

The world of migraine care has been greatly expanding, with many new options available to control symptoms and reduce headache burden. Recent studies show that members of the LGBTQ+ community experience a higher burden of migraine episodes (compared to heterosexual individuals), and face additional barriers to care that make managing migraine more difficult, leading to reduced quality of life.

Understanding migraine, medication options, and how to communicate your preferences around treatment can be the key to unlocking improvements in care. It is important to share your experiences, needs, and concerns with your care team so that together you can develop a management plan that fits your unique journey with migraine.

Join us for this patient town hall on migraine where you can ask questions and learn more about overcoming barriers to care, selecting treatment options with your care team, and advocating for yourself.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Understanding the impact of migraine in your own life and in the LGBTQ+ community
  • How to overcome stigma and seek appropriate care
  • Strategies for tracking symptoms and selecting migraine treatments
  • Ways to communicate effectively and become an active participant in your migraine care


Sponsored by


  1. Dismantling Disparities in LGBTQ+ Migraine Care
  2. Overcoming Stigma: It's Not Just a Headache
  3. Understanding Treatment Options and Making Therapy Selections
  4. Effective Communication Strategies: A Shared Decision-Making Guide
Jessica Ailani

Jessica Ailani, MD

Director, MedStar Georgetown Headache Center
Vice Co-Chair, Strategic Planning
Professor of Clinical Neurology
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, DC

Jessica Ailani, MD, is board certified in neurology with added certifications in neurology and headache. Dr Ailani is a Professor of Clinical Neurology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Director of the MedStar Georgetown Headache Center. The conditions she treats include migraines, cluster headaches, tension headaches, post-traumatic headaches, occipital neuralgia, headache related to neck strain and concussion-related headaches. Dr Ailani's research involves clinical trials in migraine and cluster treatment. She often gives national and international talks focused on treatments in migraine.


Sarah R. Shaw

Sarah R. Shaw

Associate Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community Outreach

Global Healthy Living Foundation

Shirley Kessel

Shirley Kessel, Miles for Migraine Executive Director

Shirley is the mom of three daughters, two of whom live with migraine. When her youngest daughter Sydney became diagnosed at an early age, they both decided that it was time to take action to bring awareness and raise money for migraine research. They contacted Eileen Jones, who founded the Miles for Migraine race in San Francisco, and brought the race to the Philadelphia community in 2013. She became the Executive Director in 2017 when it became apparent that Miles for Migraine should take the race series around the USA.

Shirley has worked in healthcare since 1983 and has served on various non-profit boards since 1991. She won’t retire until a cure is found for this disabling disease.