The Society of Behavioral Medicine was concerned to learn the proposed federal budget will cut $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget in fiscal year 2018. At a time when extraordinary progress is being made in behavioral research, these draconian cuts would set research back for decades. They also threaten the careers of an entire generation of young investigators, working in labs and clinics all over the country, who are committed to improving public health and saving lives.
To support our opposition of proposal federal budget cuts to the NIH, we encourage you to raise your voice to by sending an email, making a phone call, or visiting your representatives in Washington, DC. We invite you to use our resources below and to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if we can support your efforts in any way.
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.