As ID and HIV experts, your Members of Congress need to hear from you about the role that federal programs, policies, and funding play in supporting local and state efforts to monitor, prevent and treat infectious diseases, and in conducting the research necessary to improve the U.S. and global response to infectious diseases.
Your advocacy makes a difference. Medical providers, researchers, and public health professionals are a trusted source for information. You have a unique frontline perspective to share with policymakers regarding how federal programs and policies benefit your patients, institution, community and state. IDSA and HIVMA compiled this guide to assist members in communicating with Congressional members. Please contact Lisa Cox with IDSA or George Fistonich with HIVMA, if you have questions, feedback or if we can be of any assistance.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Join IDSA’s Member Advocacy Program
Our Member Advocacy Program includes the core group of our most active members. Joining the MAP gives you access to the most detailed updates and alerts on all the latest ID and HIV-developments happening in Washington and opportunities to make your voice heard on Capitol Hill. Please join by clicking here.
Researchers: Tell Your Story
One vital way to raise your voice is to help us illustrate to policy makers in concrete terms the adverse impact that proposed steep cuts to the NIH budget would have on your research. Please visit our Action Center to contribute a story.
- IDSA/HIVMA Action Center: Send a prepared email message to your Senators and Representative urging them to take action on our IDSA and HIVMA priorities using the talking points and templates provided. Please personalize or modify the text based on your experience.
- Email IDSA or HIVMA staff for staff contacts in Senate and House offices.
- Call the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121. Ask to be connected to one of your Senators or your Congressional Representative’s office.
- Look up the direct phone number to your Senators’ Offices and your Representative.
Visit Your Legislators
If you are going to be in the Washington, DC area and would like assistance arranging to visit the offices of your Members of Congress, please contact IDSA or HIVMA staff and we will be happy to help make arrangements. We can also help you arrange a meeting with your Members of Congress in their state or district offices.
Host a Site Visit for Your Legislators
Arranging for your legislators to visit your clinic, lab, or health department is a powerful way for them to see firsthand the effectiveness and importance of federal ID/HIV funding, programs, and policies at work in their community. If you are interested in setting up such a visit, IDSA or HIVMA staff can assist with issuing the invitation via their schedulers.
Many Congressional members and committees maintain twitter accounts. Sharing messages via twitter is also effective.