With a highly contentious -- and in so many ways unprecedented -- election behind us, an unparalleled time of transition is now consuming most of our attention, and perhaps yours as well. While some people seem to be opting out of engagement with the process, we think it is exactly the time to weigh in. New appointments will be made, and the current and incoming Congress will make decisions -- including decisions to take no action, which is also a decision -- and the nation will feel the impact.
There are many ways for research advocates to take action, including contacting your current and any new members of Congress to stress the importance of making research for health a higher national priority. Consider reaching out to any contacts you may have among those named to the transition or announced as President-elect Trump's selections for the Cabinet and other posts. The President-elect's transition team also has a special website that invites public input. It's tempting to think that weighing in at www.greatagain.gov will have no impact, but I think it is important to show strength and solidarity by taking this challenge at face value. Please join me in speaking up and being heard. Read specifics of our activities elsewhere in this newsletter and on our website. Too much is at stake to stand back now!