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Call-on Congress 2014 Caitlin Leach: Federal Research


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Federally Funded Research: State of Play and Importance of Advocacy Caitlin Leach, Manager of Policy and Advocacy, Research!America …

Federally Funded Research: State of Play and Importance of Advocacy Caitlin Leach, Manager of Policy and Advocacy, Research!America

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  • 1. Caitlin Leach, Manager of Policy and AdvocacyMarch 16, 2014 Federally Funded Research: State of Play and Importance of Advocacy
  • 2. Overview •  Overview of Research!America •  Current Federal Fiscal Climate •  Public Opinion Matters •  Advocacy and You
  • 3. Research!America’s Mission Make research to improve health a higher national priority
  • 4. 25 Years of Putting Research on the Public Agenda •  Nonprofit alliance with member organizations drawn from academia, business, patient organizations and scientific societies representing more than 125 million Americans •  Distinguished, all-volunteer board includes former elected and appointed officials, media and public relations leaders, and leaders from alliance member organizations
  • 5. Making Research A Higher Priority
  • 6. In Washington, A Phase Change •  Dysfunction turned into baby steps — however shaky — of bipartisanship •  FY14 omnibus demonstrated bipartisan progress but didn’t address long-term problems •  Return to regular order will be tested in FY15 appropriations process •  We can’t settle for “good under the circumstances” Flickr photo by sean dreilinger
  • 7. Congressional Approval: Still in the Dumps •  Washington Post-ABC News poll: 11% strongly approve of congressional Democrats; 6% strongly approve of congressional Republicans •  Gallup: Congress Job Approval Starts 2014 at 13%
  • 8. Research Left Behind Today is a time of unparalleled scientific opportunity. But… •  Sequestration is still law. •  Science funding essentially flat for 10 years. •  NIH purchasing power cut by 25% over the last decade. •  Other nations are ramping up their investments in research. We cannot accept this as the new normal
  • 9. Colorectal Cancer Research in Decline •  By 2008, National Cancer Institute at NIH funding of colorectal cancer research had increased 39 percent from 2000. •  In that time, there was a 28 percent increase in NCI research projects related to colorectal cancer. •  But now…
  • 10. Colorectal Cancer Research in Decline $245.00 $250.00 $255.00 $260.00 $265.00 $270.00 $275.00 2010 2011 2012 $inMillions NCI Colorectal Cancer Funding Source: National Cancer Institute, 2013
  • 11. Advocacy Tool: Public Polling
  • 12. Most Agree that Basic Research is Necessary Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? “Even if it brings no immediate benefits, basic scientific research that advances the frontiers of knowledge is necessary and should be supported by the federal government.” 27% 43% 11% 5% 15% Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Not sure Source: A Research!America poll of U.S. adults conducted in partnership with Zogby Analytics, with support from the American Society of Hematology, in November 2013.
  • 13. Do you believe the federal government should increase support for programs and policies that would increase the number of young Americans who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics? 70% 17% 13% Yes No Not sure Americans Feel Government Should Encourage STEM Careers Source: A Research!America poll of U.S. adults conducted in partnership with JZ Analytics in December 2012.
  • 14. Few Americans Recognize the National Institutes of Health 9% 19% 6% 3%13% 50% National Institutes of Health Food and Drug Administration HHS/Health Dept. Centers for Disease Control Other Don't know What is the name of the government agency that funds most of the medical research paid for by taxpayers in this country? (first volunteered responses) Source: Research Enterprise Poll, February 2010 Charlton Research Company for Research!America
  • 15. Very Important for Elected Officials to Listen to Scientists In thinking about threats to our health, how important is it that elected officials at all levels listen to advice from scientists and public health professionals? Source: Georgia Global Health Survey, May 2011 Charlton Research Company for Research!America 66% 30% 2% 2% Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important
  • 16. Most Don’t Know Their Elected Officials’ Positions on Research How well informed would you say you are about the positions of your senators and representative when it comes to their support of medical, health and scientific research? 7% 25% 36% 24% 8% Very well informed Somewhat well informed Somewhat uninformed Very uninformed Not sure Source: Your Candidates-Your Health Public Opinion Poll, October 2011, JZ Analytics for Research!America
  • 17. The public supports strong research investment, but budget cuts threaten future cures. Scientific advocates are well-positioned to help.
  • 18. To advocate means to speak up, to plead the case of another or to champion a cause. It is something that most of us routinely do on behalf of our families, our neighbors, our friends and ourselves. Lobbying, in general, consists of communications intended to influence specific legislation. Advocacy vs. Lobbying Research!America does both.
  • 19. • Your right as a citizen • Tool to turn the spotlight on your issue • Adding your voice to the public agenda Advocacy Is Democracy in Action
  • 20. Engage Representatives & Staff •  Build a relationship •  Find common ground •  Solicit support •  Hold elected officials accountable •  Make an ask; Follow up •  Thank those who support you
  • 21. In this room, we all know: •  Colorectal Cancer •  is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death •  accounts for 10 percent of cancer deaths in US •  Early detection via colorectal screenings dramatically improve treatment outlook •  There are over 1 million survivors of colorectal cancer due to advanced screening and improved treatments
  • 22. Put a Face on Colorectal Cancer During your meetings: •  Bring the statistics to life •  Discuss your experiences •  Raise awareness •  Impact of colorectal cancer in your community
  • 23. Connect with Research!America Online