Dear Research Advocate, I hope you’ll pardon this weekly message arriving a few days early. This week gives each American a special opportunity to reflect on all that makes us grateful. I am thankful for each of you who places an emphasis on incorporating advocacy for research, public health, and medical progress into your daily lives. I am also especially thankful for all those who took time yesterday to celebrate Public Health Thank You Day . The conversation was robust on social and traditional media with messages honoring public health professionals and expressing gratitude for the multi-faceted benefits of public health research and practice. More than 800 organizations and individuals...
Over the next three weeks, Congress has an opportunity to reverse decades of declining support for a program that is vital to our nation’s public health. House and Senate appropriators will soon determine how to allocate $25 billion in additional non-defense discretionary spending for fiscal year (FY) 2016 before the continuing resolution expires on December 11. They now have the opportunity to address the damage resulting from years’ long stagnation in federally-funded research and reinvest in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Supporters of Research!America are fully aware of the decline in our federal research enterprise. The lack of...
Dear Research Advocate, The shocking attacks in Beirut and Paris serve as reminders of the global interconnectedness of our society. In so many ways, the tragedies others face are also ours and their challenges are our challenges, health challenges very much included. Last evening I interviewed Dr. Tamar Kokashvili, a grantee of CRDF Global, at their 20th anniversary dinner. Dr. Kokashvili, who hails from the nation of Georgia, collaborates with University of Maryland scientists to characterize genetic diversity of cholera bacteria (over 200 strains, complicating both diagnosis and treatment). Just in the last few weeks we have learned of cholera outbreaks in Syrian refugee camps, and...
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 23, 2015. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #PHTYD and visit http://www.publichealththankyouday.org (link is external) for more information. In the United States, injuries kill more people between the ages of 1 and 44 than any other disease. To put this in perspective, each day 480 people die from injuries, one person every 3 minutes. This is the equivalent of a Boeing 777 crashing each day. Of course not everyone who is injured dies. Millions of people are hospitalized or treated in emergency departments. All of this...
Dear Research Advocate, "Never Settle" is the empowering guiding theme used by Janssen Pharmaceuticals to underscore the emphasis the company places on innovation to benefit patients. In my visit to their Spring House, PA, site today to participate in a worldwide town hall, I was struck by how their theme epitomizes the advocacy drive and determination of Research!America and all our partners in advocacy for research. I was glad to report to Janssen's teams that more and more members of Congress are championing research and innovation to benefit patients worldwide. Consider the comments of Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) about the FY16 Senate “Labor-H” appropriations draft, which reportedly...
As flu season approaches Families Fighting Flu is working to make sure children don’t die needlessly. Influenza (the flu) is a serious disease. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized for influenza each year in the United States and 20,000 – 30,000 people die. During the 2014 – 2015 flu season alone, 146 children died from this highly contagious disease but preventable disease. As Executive Director of Families Fighting Flu (FFF), I am all-too-familiar with these statistics. Families Fighting Flu was founded in 2004 by families who lost a child to influenza; their heartbreaking stories are shared on our website . Now a trusted source of information and resources, FFF’s mission is to save...
The November 2015 issue of The Research Advocate is now online . Highlights from this month's issue include: The 2016 Advocacy Award recipients are announced. A federal policy update with details on the budget and appropriations agenda in Congress. Register for a webinar featuring AHRQ director, Dr. Kronick. A member spotlight featuring Shire. How you can be involved in Public Health Thank You Day on November 23. Download the entire November 2015 Research Advocate as a PDF.
Dear Research Advocate: Now that the President has signed off on the budget agreement, Appropriations Committee leadership is negotiating to establish the dollar level for each appropriations subcommittee to work with. Given the December 11 deadline for action, the committees are already working to set allocations for each federal agency and program. Here is a list of the Twitter handles for each House and Senate appropriator, along with suggested tweets. Please take a minute to tweet these leaders on why it is so important to increase funding for NIH, CDC, FDA, AHRQ and NSF; federal agencies that help keep the wheels of science and medical progress turning! It’s a mistake to just assume...
Leading up to Public Health Thank You Day (PHTYD), there is no accomplishment more worthy to celebrate than community water fluoridation . Optimal water fluoridation is a safe and cost-effective intervention, reducing oral health disparities and preventing tooth decay by 25% over a lifetime. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers community water fluoridation as one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the 20 th century. September marked the 70 th anniversary of community water fluoridation and its longstanding public health benefits. To commemorate this seminal anniversary, Representative Mike Simpson, D.M.D. (R-ID) introduced H.Res.416 , a resolution...

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You can change the image of things to come. But you can’t do it sitting on your hands … The science community should reach out to Congress and build bridges.
The Honorable John E. Porter