Advocacy

Sign-Ons and Endorsements

Society of Behavioral Medicine Releases Call to Action: HEAL Initiative Support of Non-pharmacological Approaches to Pain Management

SBM joined several professional organizations and individuals in signing a letter to NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, requesting federal HEAL funding go toward nonpharmacological and lifestyle approaches to pain management. Director Collins sent a letter back responding to our request.

 
 

Society of Behavioral Medicine Urges U.S. Senate to Fund Melanoma Research

SBM joined other organizations in urging the United States Senate to accept the melanoma line item in the 2019 Defense Appropriations bill, which earmarks $10 million for melanoma research and $80 million for continued funding of the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Releases Call to Action: Quickly and Responsibly Reunite Migrant Families

SBM urges the Trump Administration to quickly and responsibly reunite the more than 2,300 migrant children who were separated from their families as part of a U.S. immigration policy of removing children from parents among migrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking families. [Read more>>]

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Releases Behavioral Science Values Statement as part of Special Coalition

SBM has been actively engaged with colleagues from like-minded behavioral science organizations these past few months in establishing a Coalition of Behavioral Science Organizations (CBSO) that aligns with our society’s mission. SBM has joined five other behavioral science organizations to advance society’s use of behavioral science knowledge and methods. In addition to SBM, the coalition includes the Association for Behavioral Analysis International, the Association for Contextual Behavior Science, the Association for Positive Behavior Support, the Evolution Institute, and the National Prevention Science Coalition. Consistent with SBM’s philosophy, the CBSO believes many of the problems our society is confronted with are seeded in human behavior. Thus, by coming together with like-minded organizations, we propose to increase the knowledge that behavioral scientists have accumulated about human behavior and the scientific methods can likely lead to advances in human well-being at a societal level. The coalition has developed a joint value statement that is directly relevant to SBM’s mission to foster nurturance and well-being in families, individuals, communities, and populations.  SBM members are encouraged to review this shared value statement and direct questions or comments to SBM’s coalition representative and Past-President Dawn K. Wilson, PhD.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Releases Statement Opposing Separation of Children and Parents at U.S. Border

SBM strongly opposes the U.S. immigration policy that involves the inhumane practice of forcibly separating children from parents among migrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking families.

In addition to releasing its own statement, SBM signed on to this opposition letter from the Children's Defense Fund.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Endorses Sen. Elizabeth Warren's NIH Funding Act

SBM has endorsed U.S. Sen Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) National Biomedical Research Act, introduced December 7, 2017. The legislation would increase funding for targeted biomedical research initiatives through a new, reliable funding stream supporting the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This funding boost would help restore the NIH budget roughly to its 2006 levels, adjusted for biomedical inflation. The legislation stands to dramatically help NIH grant applicants and researchers.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Comments on Skin Cancer Counseling Recommendations

SBM submitted comments on the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force draft recommendations on behavioral counseling to prevent skin cancer. The task force found that clinicians should provide counseling to anyone with fair skin ages 6 months to 24 years. SBM agrees but suggests more information on types of behavioral counseling approaches would be helpful.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Comments on APA Pediatric Obesity Treatment Guidelines

SBM submitted comments on the American Psychological Association Pediatric Obesity Treatment Guidelines. The comments suggest changes to intervention tailoring and dose, among other recommendations.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Asks U.S. Congress to Support CDC Funding for Chronic Disease Prevention

SBM signed on to a letter from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, encouraging Congress to fund Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) evidence-based efforts to prevent and chronic diseases.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Urges U.S. Congress to Support Federal Research and Development

 SBM joined more than 200 organizations in asking Congress to support federal research and development in fiscal year budgets.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Signs Up as March for Science Partner Organization

SBM joined the March for Science as a partner organization and encouraged members to take part in this important day of advocacy.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Supports Humane Approaches to U.S. Health Care and Immigration

SBM signed on to an American Psychosomatic Society statement expressing support for sensible and humane approaches to health care, immigration, and science-based policy development in the United States. The statement further opposes President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban against specific Middle Eastern countries, saying the ban "will have a negative impact on the ability of scientists and engineers in industry and academia to enter, or leave from and return to, the United States."

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Urges U.S. Congress to make NIH Funding a Priority

SBM joined other organizations in urging Congress to enact a fiscal year 2017 spending package that includes the Senate Appropriations Committee-approved $34.1 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and to ensure the NIH remains a priority in fiscal year 2018 and beyond.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Advocates for the Prevention Fund

SBM signed on to a Trust for America's Health letter opposing repeal of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which will likely be proposed in January as a part of a larger effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Repealing the fund would leave a funding gap for essential public health programs.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Calls on U.S. Congress to Fund Cures Legislation without Robbing the Prevention Fund

SBM sent letters to Congressional leaders opposing the use of Prevention and Public Health Fund dollars to pay for new 21st Century Cures legislation. While SBM supports many goals of the 21st Century Cures legislation, including providing funding for the precision medicine initiative, cancer moonshot, and Alzheimer's research, we cannot support using Prevention Fund dollars to pay for those items. The Prevention Fund plays too critical a role in preventing chronic disease for millions of Americans.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Calls on U.S. Congress, Presidential Administration to Improve Health

SBM joined more than 160 organizations in urging Congress and the incoming presidential administration to focus on improving health. SBM and the other organizations made this recommendation by signing on to the "Vision for a Healthy America" released by Trust for America's Health. As the vision states, "All Americans should have the opportunity to be as healthy as they can be. Every community should be safe from threats to its health. All individuals and families should have a high level of services that protect, promote, and preserve their health, regardless of who they are or where they live. To realize these goals, the incoming Administration and Congress should make improving health a top priority."

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Comments on Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Proposal

SBM and the Society for Health Psychology submitted official comments on the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program proposal. The comments draw attention to weight loss standards and weight loss maintenance.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Urges Federal Funding of Firearms Research

SBM signed on to the Doctors for America petition to end the ban on federal funding for firearms research. Gun violence is a serious public health epidemic.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Opposes the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016

SBM joined other organizations in opposing the federal Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016. The bill contains numerous provisions that would roll back years of progress. Large numbers of low-income children would no longer be able to access the nutritious meals they need for their health and learning, and the meals children still obtain would be less healthy.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Supports the National Pain Strategy

SBM joined more than 70 other organizations in urging the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee to implement the National Pain Strategy. The National Pain Strategy is a coordinated interagency plan to achieve a system of effective, safe, high-quality, evidence-based pain care in America. This improved system of care is critical to reducing the burden of chronic pain, as well as ameliorating the nation’s opioid abuse, overdose, and addiction crisis.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Recommends Funding for CDC Physical Activity Programs

SBM signed on to a letter urging the U.S. Congress to increase funding for evidence-based physical activity programs and strategies within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC's) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Supports FDA Rule that would Ban Those Under 18 from Indoor Tanning

SBM has submitted official comments in support of a proposed rule from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would ban individuals under 18 from indoor tanning. The rule would apply nationwide, superseding state laws. SBM's comments support the ban and offer suggestions for increasing the rule's public health impact.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Joins AHA to Support Physical Education in Schools

SBM signed an American Heart Association (AHA) petition asking U.S. lawmakers to save physical education by ensuring that the Early and Secondary Education Act designates physical education as a core subject and preserves and expands physical education grants.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Letter to the U.S. House Budget Committee: Do Not Repeal or Reduce Funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund

On October 8, 2015, SBM sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee, urging them not to eliminate or reduce funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The fund is critical for public health and disease prevention.

SBM is joined by other organizations that wrote letters and support this important fund.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Comments on NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes Program

SBM has submitted official comments on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposed plan for the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program. SBM's comments in part discuss data collection.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Supports CDC Community Health Funding

SBM joined other organizations in signing a letter urging the U.S. Congress to fund the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Partnerships to Improve Community Health program. This funding is unique from most other CDC-funded programs because the PICH programs promote multi-sector community coalitions to create environments that support health and healthy behaviors, rather than focus on disease-specific interventions.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Comments on WHO Report on Preventing Childhood Obesity

SBM has submitted official comments on a World Health Organization (WHO) report on preventing childhood obesity. SBM's comments draw attention to food and beverage advertising, maternal health, and built environments.

 


Society of Behavioral Medicine Supports NIH Physical Activity Research

SBM joined other organizations in signing on to a letter in support of expanding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund to include physical activity and exercise biology research.