HIVMA Board Member, Melanie Thompson, MD, meets with Rep. John Lewis
HIVMA leaders met with White House officials, members of Congress, and key congressional staff this month to support funding for HIV care and prevention programs, as well as a robust budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and global health programs.
While in Washington, DC for their Board meeting, the HIVMA leaders met with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Reps. John Lewis (D-GA) and David Price (D-NC), as well as staffers from more than 30 congressional offices. In addition, they met with White House Office of Management and Budget examiners for NIH and HIV/AIDS accounts. In meetings such as these, HIVMA leaders have the opportunity to develop relationships with key staff as well as communicate the importance of HIV and ID issues.
With much at stake for key federally funded infectious diseases and other health programs in the FY2015 appropriations process and beyond, IDSA and HIVMA need members to join and support the Society’s advocacy efforts by weighing in with your legislators today.
You can also join the growing list of your colleagues who have signed up for the IDSA/HIVMA Membership Advocacy Program (MAP) (log in to My IDSA and click on the Advocacy tab). MAP members support the Society’s advocacy work by contacting members of Congress or talking to the media about ID priorities.
If you would like to meet with your congressional members when you are in Washington, IDSA and HIVMA staff are happy to assist. Please contact HIVMA Policy Officer Kim Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or IDSA Director of Government Relations, Jonathan Nurse at email@example.com).
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