ASTMH Council Advocacy Update
Jodie Curtis, Senior Government Relations Director
Erin Will Morton, Senior Government Relat...
What’s happening now?
 Sequestration
- Everyone agrees it is a bad thing
- Many on both sides of the aisle want to get ri...
ASTMH Accomplishments: May – November, 2013

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ASTMH Advocacy: NIH
 Submitted public testimony in June to the Senate Labor, Health and Human
Services, and Education (LH...
FY 14 Senate Report Language: FIC (submitted by ASTMH)

ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting

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ASTMH Advocacy: CDC
 Submitted public testimony in June to the Senate Labor, Health and Human
Services, and Education (LH...
ASTMH Advocacy: DoD
 Submitted public testimony in July to the Defense appropriations subcommittee
regarding fiscal year ...
FY 14 House Report Language: DoD (in partnership with PATH &
GHTC)

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ASTMH Secondary Advocacy: USAID
 Endorsed and advocated for H.R. 1515, the 21st Century Global Health
Technology Act
 Pa...
FY 14 House Report Language: USAID NTD (in partnership with DNDi)

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Advocacy Case Study: First-Ever Congressional Hearing on NTDs –
How does an issue get traction?
 Multi-year process
 Pet...
ASTMH Council Hill Day: May 6, 2013
 Dave Walker
 Alan Magill

 Dan Bausch
 Stephen Dobson
 Kayla Laserson
 Pat Walk...
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ASTMH moderated a Capitol Hill
briefing on the cholera epidemic in
Haiti and the Dominican Republic

47 Hill staff attende...
Multi-partner engagement:
Reception highlighting R&D needs
for Chagas disease

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NTD briefing highlighting the need for USAID
investment in R&D in the current NTD program
Thank you letter to Reps. Bass (...
ASTMH Thank-You Letters
 Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-8) and Mario Diaz-Albert (FL-25) for introducing H.R. 1515, the ―21st
Centu...
ASTMH Sign-on Letters
 Letter to OMB Director thanking the administration for its continued support for
global health res...
Life in Washington

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What’s really going on…
 Very partisan

 Ineffective Congress
 Low approval rating
 Unable to move legislation in
regu...
On Deck…
 New budget conference committee

 FY 2014 continuing resolution expires January 15
 Debt ceiling expires Febr...
FY 2014 Budget
Agency
NIH

FY 12 Final

FY 2014 President

FY 2014 Senate

FY 2014 House

$30,868,000,000

$31,331,387,000...
ASTMH Hill Day: Tuesday, November 12
 First ever ASTMH ―Hill Day‖ with
general membership
 12 members volunteered time t...
ASTMH Hill Day

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ASTMH Hill Day
 17 Hill Meetings
- 11 Senate/6 House
- 12 Democrats/5 Republicans

 ―I hope you know how great and
impor...
ASTMH Engagement – Next Steps
 Increase CapWiz participation

 Repeat our message
 Continue to engage with the communit...
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ASTMH Advocacy Highlights - November 2013

  1. 1. ASTMH Council Advocacy Update Jodie Curtis, Senior Government Relations Director Erin Will Morton, Senior Government Relations Manager
  2. 2. What’s happening now?  Sequestration - Everyone agrees it is a bad thing - Many on both sides of the aisle want to get rid of it, but how?  Travel cuts - Impacted by sequestration but separate and apart from sequestration  Government shutdown - Negative impact on research ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 2
  3. 3. ASTMH Accomplishments: May – November, 2013 ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 3
  4. 4. ASTMH Advocacy: NIH  Submitted public testimony in June to the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) appropriations subcommittee regarding fiscal year 2014 requests for NIH  Sent letter to Secretary Sebelius requesting the participation of their employees at the annual ASTMH meeting  Advocated for sustained global health R&D funding at NIH  ASTMH language about Fogarty Center’s work included Senate Appropriations Report ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 4
  5. 5. FY 14 Senate Report Language: FIC (submitted by ASTMH) ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 5
  6. 6. ASTMH Advocacy: CDC  Submitted public testimony in June to the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) appropriations subcommittee regarding fiscal year 2014 requests for CDC  Sent letter to Dr. Frieden requesting the participation of their employees at the annual ASTMH meeting  Participated in coalition efforts to raise awareness of the importance of CDC’s work in global health and infectious disease ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 6
  7. 7. ASTMH Advocacy: DoD  Submitted public testimony in July to the Defense appropriations subcommittee regarding fiscal year 2014 funding for R&D within the DoD  Sent letters to House and Senate Defense legislative assistants in honor of World Malaria Day and requesting support for MIDRP, WRAIR, and NMRC  Letters to Army and Navy officials, requesting the participation of their employees at the annual ASTMH meeting in November  Co-chair DoD advocacy working group (inside-the-beltway coalition) ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 7
  8. 8. FY 14 House Report Language: DoD (in partnership with PATH & GHTC) ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 8
  9. 9. ASTMH Secondary Advocacy: USAID  Endorsed and advocated for H.R. 1515, the 21st Century Global Health Technology Act  Participated in community advocacy efforts for USAID highlighting the importance of R&D within each of USAID’s global health programs—especially NTDs  Submitted report language in partnership with GHTC and DNDi that was accepted in the FY 2014 Senate Appropriations Report ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 9
  10. 10. FY 14 House Report Language: USAID NTD (in partnership with DNDi) ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 10
  11. 11. Advocacy Case Study: First-Ever Congressional Hearing on NTDs – How does an issue get traction?  Multi-year process  Peter Hotez elected ASTMH President and brings more attention of NTDs to policymakers  Council members do Hill visits and include NTDs as a topic  Drinker Biddle continues with Hill visits in DC  ASTMH cosponsors and ASTMH members speak at congressional briefings about NTDs  First-ever Congressional hearing on NTDs - ASTMH supported House Foreign Affairs hearing on NTDs - ASTMH advocacy laid the groundwork for hearing - ASTMH actively engaged with Members of Congress and Hill staff at the hearing ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 11
  12. 12. ASTMH Council Hill Day: May 6, 2013  Dave Walker  Alan Magill  Dan Bausch  Stephen Dobson  Kayla Laserson  Pat Walker 17 Congressional Office Visits 12 Senate 5 House 8 Dem 9 Rep  Pete Zimmerman  Karen Goraleski  Jacci Schiff ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 12
  13. 13. ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 13
  14. 14. ASTMH moderated a Capitol Hill briefing on the cholera epidemic in Haiti and the Dominican Republic 47 Hill staff attended ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 14
  15. 15. Multi-partner engagement: Reception highlighting R&D needs for Chagas disease ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 15
  16. 16. NTD briefing highlighting the need for USAID investment in R&D in the current NTD program Thank you letter to Reps. Bass (D-CA), and Roybal-Allard (D-CA) for supporting the event ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 16
  17. 17. ASTMH Thank-You Letters  Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-8) and Mario Diaz-Albert (FL-25) for introducing H.R. 1515, the ―21st Century Global Health Technology Act‖  Rep. Christopher Smith (NJ-4) for convening the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations’ hearing, ―Addressing the Neglected Diseases Treatment Gap‖  Rep. Ander Crenshaw (FL-4) for sponsoring House Resolution 35, supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day and reaffirming US leadership and support for efforts to combat malaria  Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for co-sponsoring of Senate Resolution 119 regarding World Malaria Day ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 17
  18. 18. ASTMH Sign-on Letters  Letter to OMB Director thanking the administration for its continued support for global health research and development programs and asking for funding to be sustained at HHS, NIH, CDC, FDA, USAID, and DoD in FY 2015  Letter regarding the National Science Foundation’s merit review process and addressing the concerns of shifting away from "scientific merit" as the ultimate criteria for determining which science to fund  InterAction Global Health Briefing book sections on malaria and neglected tropical diseases ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 18
  19. 19. Life in Washington ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 19
  20. 20. What’s really going on…  Very partisan  Ineffective Congress  Low approval rating  Unable to move legislation in regular order  No budget ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 20
  21. 21. On Deck…  New budget conference committee  FY 2014 continuing resolution expires January 15  Debt ceiling expires February 7  Sequestration  FY 2015 funding ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 21
  22. 22. FY 2014 Budget Agency NIH FY 12 Final FY 2014 President FY 2014 Senate FY 2014 House $30,868,000,000 $31,331,387,000 $30,954,976,000 N/A $4,487,000,000 $4,578,813,000 $4,548,383,000 N/A $70,000,000 $72,864,000 $72,380,000 N/A $5,655,670,000 $5,834,173,000 $6,183,769,000 N/A CDC Parasitic Diseases and Malaria $22,069,000 $22,231,000 $19,334,000 N/A Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease $310,393,000 $380,664,000 $283,237,000 N/A $2,629,800,000 $2,645,000,000 $2,785,000,000 $2,505,000,000 $89,000,000 $85,000,000 $100,000,000 N/A $650,000,000 $670,000,000 $667,000,000 $650,000,000 NIAID Fogarty CDC Global Health/Child Survival (USAID) USAID NTDs USAID Malaria ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 22
  23. 23. ASTMH Hill Day: Tuesday, November 12  First ever ASTMH ―Hill Day‖ with general membership  12 members volunteered time to advocate on the Hill  Global health community support  Training for advocates ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 23
  24. 24. ASTMH Hill Day ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 24
  25. 25. ASTMH Hill Day  17 Hill Meetings - 11 Senate/6 House - 12 Democrats/5 Republicans  ―I hope you know how great and important it is that you came to Capitol Hill to do this. Folks up here need to hear from real scientists.‖ Eric in Senator Gillibrand’s (D-NY) office ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 25
  26. 26. ASTMH Engagement – Next Steps  Increase CapWiz participation  Repeat our message  Continue to engage with the community on global health funding priorities  Advocate R&D message on the Hill and with the community  Hill meetings, testimony, and briefings must continue  Social media and advocacy  Continue to raise advocacy issues in the ASTMH newsletter and blog  Advocacy Webinars  Increase participation in Hill Days  Create a culture of advocacy within the Society ASTMH 2013 Annual Meeting 26
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