The Bridge: A Comprehensive Headache Education Program

Attend a seminar featuring didactic presentations and a choice of one of two workgroups. Current pathophysiologic models will be addressed. Hear acute and preventive treatment strategies for adult and pediatric populations along with appropriate patient selection, administration (timing and route), and potential medication misuse and/or overuse concerns. Learn how to address comorbid medical complaints in appropriate medication selection and monitoring.

The American Headache Society® (AHS) Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant (NP/PA) Special Interest Group developed this educational offering for Primary Care Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. This comprehensive overview of migraine is delivered by Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant members of AHS.

ACCREDITATION: 4.0 contact/CE hours will be awarded to those that attend the entire seminar (partial credit is not available) and complete the required evaluations. Certificates will be offered by ACCME, ANCC and AANP, with acceptance of pertinent content by ACNM, AAPA and NAPNAP.


Sunday, July 21  
9:45 am – 10:15 am Diagnosing Headache in Adults and Pediatrics Patients
10:15 am – 10:45 am Risk Factors, Clinical Course, and Barriers to Care in Adults and Pediatric Patients
10:45 am – 11:15 am Pathophysiology
11:15 am – 11:45 am Acute Treatment Strategies in Adults and Pediatric Patients
11:45 am – 12:15 pm Lunch provided (complimentary)
12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Preventive Treatment Strategies in Adults and Pediatric Patients
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Beverage Break (complimentary)
  Afternoon workgroups will be illustrated with case-based approach, include demonstrations, and provide resources for providers and patients. (participants can attend one of the two workgroups)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Use of Procedures: Nerve Blocks, Nerve Stimulators, and OnabotulinumtoxinA
  Workgroup will highlight the role of nerve blocks, stimulators, and OnabotulinumtoxinA in the treatment of migraine and chronic migraine. 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Behavioral and Non-Pharmacological Strategies in Complex Headache Patients
  Workgroup will review strategies for optimizing medical communication, enhancing patient adherence and self-efficacy, and creating tailored comprehensive treatment plans, including empirically supported behavioral approaches.
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm  Wrap-up, Q&A

Carol A. Barch, MN, FNP-BC; Lead Advanced Practice Provider, Headache and Facial Pain Program, Department of Neurology, Stanford Hospital and Clinics; Palo Alto CA

Lynda J. Krasenbaum, MSN, ANP-BC; Associate Director, New York Headache Center; New York NY

Theresa Mallick-Searle, MS, RN-BC, ANP-BC; Nurse Practitioner, Pain Management, Stanford Health Care; Redwood City CA and Independent Contractor, Medical Expert Witness on Pain Management and Treatment; Stanford CA

Maureen Moriarty, DNP, ANP-BC, FAHS; Graduate Chair, Director and Assistant Professor, DNP and RN/BSN Programs, Malek School of Health Professions, Marymount University; Arlington VA and Adult Nurse Practitioner, Department of Neurology, Georgetown University Hospital; Washington DC

Kimberly Oas, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC; Medical Science Liaison – Migraine, Medical Affairs, Allergan; Dallas TX