Women’s Health Inequities and Migraine

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Key Questions
  • Why did Dr. Mallampalli pursue her career path as a women’s health advocate?
  • What should women be aware of regarding how they’re treated in a health or medical setting?
  • What barriers do many women face when they’re seeking health care?
  • How has the pandemic affected women’s health and accessibility to support and care?
  • How can women with migraine handle the barriers they face when they’re seeking health care?
  • How can women improve their own health?
  • How does self-advocacy translate in the doctor’s office?
  • What work is being done at the policy level to fill the gaps in women’s health?
  • Are the access issues that many women with migraine face also experienced by women with other diseases?
  • What can we learn from how other disease spaces are tackling similar issues?
  • How does stigma play a role in preventing change?
  • What policy-related efforts are currently under way in the migraine space?
  • Why does policy change take time?
  • What role do women have in research studies today, and how has it changed?
  • What is happening in the sleep space relating to women?
  • What are the issues and challenges for women who are talking about their pain in a health care setting?
  • Are there medications that can affect women differently than men?
  • How can researchers include include more women in clinical trials?
  • How long does it take for basic research to translate into tools for doctors and general practitioners to use?
  • What improvements have we seen in migraine research?
  • What can we do, as patients, to further migraine research?
  • What is HealthyWomen, and what is its mission?
Interview Notes

Find more about Monica P. Mallampalli, PhD and her work here:

Treatments Mentioned
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Infusions
  • Injections
  • Self-care
  • Stress reduction

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Monica P. Mallampalli, PhD

Founder and CEO
Institute for Women's Health Strategies

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