Health threats from Alzheimer’s disease to the Zika virus are dominating national headlines but are they major topics on the campaign trail? Are candidates sharing their views about public and private sector research to treat and prevent these and other serious conditions? As part of the national voter education initiative, Campaign for Cures: Vote for Medical Progress, Research!America and partners have made it easier for voters to see if candidates are speaking out about medical innovation with a new interactive online map and blog.
The user-friendly map of the U.S. features hundreds of quotes on medical progress from candidates across the political spectrum. Visitors also have the option to contact their candidates directly through the Campaign for Cures website. “The election cycle is the ideal time to ask candidates for President and Congress what they would do to assure a healthier future for Americans,” said Mary Woolley, president and CEO, Research!America.
In addition to the interactive map, the inaugural Campaign for Cures blog is packed with information related to the election, patient stories, events, and commentary on science, research, and innovation. The blog is managed by former USA Today editor and health reporter Janice Lloyd.
Research!America sent letters to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and Republican National Convention (RNC) urging them to make medical progress and prevention an important element in their 2016 platforms. And in testimony at the DNC Platform Drafting Committee hearing in Phoenix, Arizona on June 17, Woolley called for a stronger national commitment to research. Research!America also reached out to the RNC platform committee for upcoming opportunities to testify about the need for faster medical progress.
Visit the blog and map at www.campaignforcures.org.