Contact Us   |   Print Page   |   Your Cart   |   Sign In   |   Register
April 2015 ACTS Connection Issue 2: News from the Hill
Share |

On Thursday, April 16th, nearly 125 grassroots advocates participated in the clinical and translational research community’s 2015 Capitol Hill Advocacy Day. These volunteer advocates represented twenty-five states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. During Hill Day, participants received advocacy training before splitting into teams and working together to visit their House Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill. In total, over 100 congressional offices had meetings with clinical and translational researchers (and researchers in training).

The primary goal of these advocates was to educate policymakers about the value and importance of federal clinical and translational research programs. Participants told their personal, professional stories while explaining the local impact and public health advancements of their work. In addition to educating policymakers, advocates asked congressional office for support in critical and timely areas, namely: 

  • Providing the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and other federal medical research programs with meaningful funding increases in Fiscal Year 2016 to facilitate growth. 
  • Recognizing the importance of the full-spectrum of medical research as legislators decide how to bolster translational science and improve drug development and healthcare delivery. 
  • Understanding the unique and significant role that research training and career development programs play in our nation’s biomedical research infrastructure.
  • Protecting emerging opportunities, including the Clinical and Translational Science Awards, the Institutional Development Awards, and the Research Centers at Minority Institutions programs. 

The message of advocates appears to be resonating on Capitol Hill. Recently, key legislators announced an interest in relaxing budget caps and improving the funding situation. Also, legislators may add an authorization for additional research funding to the 21st Century Cures Initiative.  

Advocacy takes place all year long and is not confined to Capitol Hill Advocacy Day. Please consider becoming an advocate today.

Community Search
Sign In