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Dear Research Advocate, OMB has recommended cuts to FY17 appropriations , which would precede, if you will, the proposed FY18 cuts. As noted in our statement , these proposed cuts contradict worthy goals the President established for his tenure in office. They also fly in the face of public opinion. Fortunately, it appears Congress is not playing ball . Please use this editable message to say no to reductions and yes to passage of an FY17 omnibus bill. Reliable sources say the bill includes a $2 billion boost for NIH, as well as increases for CDC, FDA and NSF. The media is chock-full of commentary and quotes supporting investment in research and public health. A masterful Washington Post op...
Dear Research Advocate, Tomorrow, our 45th U.S. President will be inaugurated. The challenge and opportunity that President Trump - and all our elected representatives - face is to ensure that the next four years deliver better health, safety and prosperity. I hope President Trump’s inaugural address signals that his Administration will leverage research and innovation to meet our nation’s normative and strategic objectives. With NIH, CDC, AHRQ and FDA under the purview of the Department of Health and Human Services, the new Secretary will influence the nature and pace of medical progress, the capability of our public health infrastructure, and other critical science-relevant variables in...
This blog post is part of a weekly series focusing on different aspects of public health leading up to Public Health Thank You Day on Monday, November 21, 2016. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #PHTYD and visit www.publichealththankyouday.org for more information. Professionals in public health and health care work tirelessly, day in and day out, to protect not just the community’s health but our nation’s health security. In times of crisis we work even harder to protect health, particularly for the most vulnerable members of society, including those who have special medical conditions. My agency, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (...
Know someone who is doing extraordinary things to improve public health in your community? Nominate them (before Friday, August 9) as a Champion of Change for Prevention and Public Health. The champion’€™s work may involve: Supporting community and clinical prevention efforts to address chronic disease, increase education and outreach, and integrate primary and behavioral health; Creating healthy and safe communities by promoting healthier schools, homes and workplaces that make the healthy choice the easy choice; Working to address health disparities and empower all Americans to make healthy choices by addressing health concerns that disproportionately affect certain populations;...
Know someone who is doing extraordinary things to improve public health in your community? Nominate them (before Friday, August 9) as a Champion of Change for Prevention and Public Health. The champion’€™s work may involve: Supporting community and clinical prevention efforts to address chronic disease, increase education and outreach, and integrate primary and behavioral health; Creating healthy and safe communities by promoting healthier schools, homes and workplaces that make the healthy choice the easy choice; Working to address health disparities and empower all Americans to make healthy choices by addressing health concerns that disproportionately affect certain populations;...
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is marking a week-long observance of Women’€™s Health. In a statement about 2013’€™s National Women’€™s Health Week, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius points to the role of women as health care decision-makers in their families. Mothers, wives and daughters are often the first and primary care giver when a family member falls ill, and yet many women may overlook their own personal health. Research!America members like WomenHeart and the National Vulvodynia Association support research into health risks and challenges that are unique to women. Cancer research advocates like the American Cancer Society provide funding for research on breast and...
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have valuable resources on their websites in recognition of National Minority Health Disparities month. This year, CDC and HHS are focusing on health equity and access to affordable healthcare for all. Health disparities can result from a number of factors ’€“ limited access to quality, affordable health care and preventative services, physical activity and fresh food and produce, and unhealthy environments at home and work. In 2009, health disparities among African-Americans and Hispanics cost private insurers an additional $5.1 billion. Indirect costs associated with...
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it would not hear a case that challenged the legality of federally funded human embryonic stem cell research. The case, Sherley v. Sebelius , was brought by two researchers of induced pluripotent stem cells, James Sherley, MD, PhD, and Theresa Deisher, PhD in 2009. They argued that guidelines concerning government funding of hESC, adopted by the Obama administration, were in violation of the 1996 Dickey-Wicker Amendment. The amendment forbids the Department of Health and Human Services ’€” including the National Institutes of Health ’€” from using appropriated funds to either create embryos for research purposes or conduct research in which...

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We have health challenges in this country that science will provide answers for if given the chance and we haven't given science that opportunity
Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America