The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) continually works to advance evidence-based health policies and ensure adequate research dollars are available. These efforts are increasingly important as health care and research budgets continue to tighten. SBM’s advocacy efforts support the society’s mission to facilitate better health through behavior change.
SBM leaders meet with health policy aides on Capitol Hill to advocate for increased National Institutes of Health research funding and legislation that helps prevent disease.
SBM releases member-written health policy briefs and endorses policy statements from like-minded organizations. Recent briefs have highlighted the importance of cancer screenings, and one called for increased regulation of e-cigarettes.
The society also encourages members to get involved. Online tools help members craft talking points and reach out to their legislators directly.