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Preventive health care and public health initiatives help Americans live healthier, longer, and more productive lives. In line with broad public support, Research!America advocates for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other governmental agencies that protect against threats to public health. Despite pressing threats such as infectious diseases, the opioid crisis, and rising rates of suicide, CDC funding is significantly lagging public health need. Research!America is working to increase funding for the CDC and in other ways strengthen our nation’s public health capacity and impact.

Public Health Thank You Day

Public Health Thank You Day 2022 was celebrated on Monday, November 21. We created a toolkit to help others express gratitude for the public health workforce and say, “Thank You!”

Public Health Thank You Day Toolkit


National Public Health Week Highlight Series: Adelaide Appiah, Program Director

Adelaide Appiah, MPH, discusses CHC’s efforts to reduce the burden of Black



National Public Health Week Spotlight Series: Erin Laird, Director of Emerging Infections

Erin Laird, MPH, Director of Emerging Infections, discusses managing community partnerships and



National Public Health Week Spotlight Series: Kim Rodgers, Center for Community Resilience at GWU

Kim Rodgers discusses tackling the root causes of childhood adverse experiences and


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Mary Woolley's Weekly Letter

Elect To Advocate

This afternoon, we hosted our Annual Meeting of Members, combining business and mission with opportunities for working together in 2023. (See slides from the meeting, which include our four newly […]

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Alarm Bells Are Ringing

No, ChatGPT-4 didn’t write this letter, but maybe that’s in our future! I don’t know about you, but every time I think I’ve got a handle on what artificial intelligence […]

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Big Ideas Bring Better Health

Join us in celebrating National Public Health Week, April 3–9. This year’s theme is “Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health”; read the welcome letter from Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director […]

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Spotlight on Equity

Dear Research Advocate, The National Academies has released a detailed consensus report, “Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEMM Organizations: Beyond Broadening Participation.” The report calls on higher education […]

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It’s Never Over

Dear Research Advocate, In concluding his 38-year tenure as Director of the NIAID, having served under seven presidents, Anthony Fauci, MD, offers his perspectives in the New England Journal of […]

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A Time to Say Thank You

Dear Research Advocate, More than 8 in 10 Americans say they know someone or have themselves experienced at least one brain disorder or mental health condition, according to a national […]

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The Clock is Ticking

Regardless of the final outcome of party control in the House and Senate for the 118th Congress, the current Congress must still pass a final FY23 spending package. The clock is ticking.

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Vote! And Keep Engaging

Election day is less than a week away (please be sure to vote!). To better understand what the election means for federally-funded R&D, register to join us for our Post-Election […]

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What Does $10.6 Billion Buy?

Halloween spending is projected to hit a record high of $10.6 billion this year, exceeding pre-pandemic levels. It’s great to see people so eager to celebrate! It’s also an opportunity to put research spending into

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The Countdown is On

Our late board chair, esteemed congressman John Porter, cited his father’s polio as the genesis of his lifelong commitment to elevating the priority of research. Concerns regarding the widely reported re-emergence of polio in New

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Point to the Victories

On Tuesday, Research!America sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar asking him to clarify the decision to end NIH grant funding for an ongoing, EcoHealth Alliance research initiative focused on pandemic preparedness. We urge

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Now is the time

“Hopefully, the urgency that everyone is seeing around COVID-19 will translate into bigger investments for global health vaccines.” 

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With gratitude for all

Happy Thanksgiving Week!  Every Monday before Thanksgiving Research!America hosts Public Health Thank You Day (PHYTD), thanking the individuals across the nation who serve the public health. 

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Power to the Public

Recently, I joined hundreds of attendees at the Aspen Institute’s annual Spotlight Health program. One recurring theme was the power of data to drive medical progress. David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund, called digitized data

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Speak up and be Heard

House Republican Leadership released an ACA replacement bill this week (section summaries available from the Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means committees). 

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