The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) routinely identifies actions that we recommend be taken by U.S. representatives and senators. These actions range from supporting specific health-related legislation to joining health-related caucuses. We invite you to also ask your legislators to take action. To make it easy, we provide a template message and a link for quickly finding your legislators and their contact forms.
SBM leaders routinely visit the offices of select U.S. legislators to encourage them to protect National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and preserve the Prevention and Public Health Fund. SBM leaders leave behind state profiles, which explain in detail how NIH and prevention efforts benefit each legislator's specific state. These profiles can be used by SBM members on their own legislative visits or to craft talking points.
SBM highly recommends this toolkit from the Consortium of Social Science Associations. You'll find information on crafting a message, making phone calls, and planning an in-person visit.