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10:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks - Alan Leshner, PhD New Congress, New Administration: New Possibilities The Honorable John E. Porter Partner Thanks - Mary Woolley Your Candidates – Your Health 2008 Report Stacie Propst, PhD Communicating with the New Congress

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10:30 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks - Alan Leshner, PhD

New Congress, New Administration: New Possibilities

The Honorable John E. Porter

Partner Thanks - Mary Woolley

Your Candidates–Your Health 2008 Report

Stacie Propst, PhD

Communicating with the New Congress

Bart Moore of the National Journal

Partner Comments and Q & A

Closing remarks - Mary Woolley

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The Honorable John Edward Porter

Research!America Chair

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Mary Woolley

Research!America President & CEO

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“Science Debate 2008 and Your Candidates-Your Health partnered in this historic election to position science as an essential tool in solving the nation’s most difficult problems. Now our community must follow through to ensure that President-elect Obama and the 111th Congress know how critical it is to grow our investment in science and use sound science to inform policymaking.”

Shawn Otto, Science Debate 2008

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Stacie Propst, PhD

Research!America Vice President,

Science Policy & Outreach

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“I strongly support increasing funding for the NIH. Even though biomedical research costs are increasing each year, annual funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has not kept up. This isn\'t just counter-productive, it is a failure to keep faith with so many Americans who are in the fight of their lives against cancer and other diseases, and it overlooks our country\'s tradition of medical innovation.”

President-elect Barack Obama

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“I support doubling federal funding for basic research in the physical sciences and engineering research. Federally‐supported basic research generates the innovation to create markets and drive economic growth but federal investment, as a share of GDP, has dropped by half since 1970.”

“I want to make the Research and Development tax credit permanent so that firms can rely on it when making decisions to invest in domestic R&D over multi‐year timeframes.”

President-elect Barack Obama

policy discussions
Policy Discussions

Presidential Economic & Health Policy Discussion

October 14, 2008

Innovation and the Elections: Presidential Perspectives on Health

September 18, 2008

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Media Attention

Reaching approximately 111 million Americans

online impact
Online Impact
  • Blog outreach in all 50 states
  • 3.8 times as many pages viewed compared to 2006
  • Daily visitors increased 800% from the conventions to the election
  • 6.5 times 2006 visitors
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“Now is not the time to rest. Congress should build on its investments in medical research by providing an 8-10 percent increase in funding for NIH, which will allow the Institutes to keep up with inflation and build on existing research. Our continued investment in medical research is critical to the sustainability of our health care infrastructure.”

Senator-elect Mark Udall, Colorado

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“We must invest more in our public health infrastructure to meet the current and future health care needs of the American people. I support funding increases for agencies working to improve health promotion, disease prevention and preparedness, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

Representative David Price, 4th District, North Carolina

111 th congress on the record
111th Congress on the Record

187 Members of the 111th Congress have completed one or more of our initiatives.

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Goal

Every member of Congress will feel compelled to declare a position on issues related to health, science and research.

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“Where our elected representatives stand on issues relating to health and medical research is important information for every American voter. Your Candidates-Your Health is a unique and valuable resource that can help voters make informed choices on these issues, which touch all our lives.”

Darrell G. Kirch, MD, President and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges

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“MDA has advocates in all 435 congressional districts and as a partner on Your Candidates-Your Health, we were able to empower them with critical information about their candidates. Working with Research!America, those who most need the solutions that research offers can expand their voices and have a greater impact together.”

Annie Kennedy, Vice President for Advocacy

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“No issue is as central to the expression of a democratic civilization than the preservation and advancement of the health of all its people. Citizens expect and deserve to know how candidates think about medical research and its translation into health enhancement and clinical care delivery.”

Reed Tuckson, MD, Member of the Board, United Health Foundation

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“We need political leaders who are committed to improving and protecting the public\'s health. Not sure how improving the nation\'s health ranks with your elected officials? Ask them today.”

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (Emeritus), Executive Director, American Public Health Association

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Make

Your Congress–Your Health

Your Priority

www.yourcongressyourhealth.org

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