Increase NIH Funding for Developing and Evaluating
Preventive Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities

Values to Action is advocating for increased funding specifically for preventive interventions on reducing health disparities. We need to get relevant information into the hands of the policy makers that control funding for the NIH. For more information on these efforts, please read the Policy Brief to Increase NIH Funding for Developing and Evaluating Preventive Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities.​ Please contact the Senators and Congresspeople who control funding for the NIH, especially if they are in a state where you are a constituent.

How to Make Your Voice Heard:

Below is a list of the states that have Senators or Congresspeople on relevant committees with links to their Chief of Staff's email addresses. Please reach out to as many of them you feel comfortable reaching out to with the message to increase funding for preventive interventions on reducing health disparities. We need your help to open the lines of communication with your congresspeople, and will help you at every step of the process.

 

We have drafted this suggested message, which you can copy and paste into the email and modify your message as you see fit. If you modify the message, please remember to keep your message short and concise.

  • If you live in a state that is on this list, make sure to let them know that.

  • If you are a behavioral scientist, be sure to mention that as well.

  • Make sure to replace the brackets [ ] with the appropriate information.

  • Make sure to include the Policy Brief in your email. ​

  • Copy Tony Biglan and Diana Fishbein on the email.

Suggested Message:

Subject line: [Chief of Staff's  name], call for increased NIH funding to reduce health disparities


Dear [Chief of Staff's  name],

 

I hope this email finds you well. I’m a constituent of your [state, city or something to identify general location].

 

As an expert in [XYZ], I want to call attention to the critical need for the value of NIH funding for preventive interventions on reducing health disparities.  As a member of the Appropriations Committee that oversees NIH funding, we would like to make recommendations for research investments that promise to turn the tide on inequities that have led to disparate impacts of COVID-19 and other crises that plague our nation.
 
The attached policy brief describes what is needed from the perspective of several major professional organizations.

 

Would you be willing to meet with Dr. Anthony Biglan (Tony@valuestoaction.org) or Dr. Diana Fishbein (dfishbein@unc.edu) to discuss this issue and determine how congress can help?

We look forward to hearing from you,

 

[Your name]

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Make sure the links stay in the message or policy brief is attached.

Make sure you've replaced everything in the brackets.

If you are in the state, make that clear.

Mention that you are a behavioral researcher or professional, if applicable.

Response Next Steps:

When you receive a response from one of the Legislators, please let us know if there is anything we can do to help facilitate or be included in your conversation with them. We would be happy to help with setting up a meeting and/or helping craft a response. Please reach out to us at Tony@valuestoaction.org for additional support.

States:

 

If your state is not listed below, they do not have any Congresspeople sitting on any of the relevant committees.

Alabama

Senator
Richard Shelby
Chief of Staff: Watson Donald III

 

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California

Representative
Barbara Lee
Chief of Staff: Julie Nickson

Representative
Lucille Roybal-Allard
Chief of Staff: Victor Castillo

 
 

Connecticut

Representative
Rosa DeLauro
Chief of Staff: Liz Albertine

Senator
Chris Murphy
Chief of Staff: Allison Herwitt

Florida

Representative
Lois Frankel
Chief of Staff: Joshua Cohen

Senator​
Marco Rubio
Chief of Staff: Mike Needham

 

Hawaii

Senator
Brian Schatz
Chief of Staff: Eric Einhorn

 

Illinois

Representative
Cheri Bustos
Chief of Staff: Trevor Reuschel

Senator
Richard Durbin
Chief of Staff: Pat Souders

 

Indiana

Senator
Mike Braun
Chief of Staff: Josh Kelley

 

Kansas

Senator
Jerry Moran
Chief of Staff: James Kelly

 

Louisiana

Senator
John Kennedy
Chief of Staff: David Stokes

 

Maryland

Representative
Andy Harris
Chief of Staff: Bryan Shuy

 
 

Massachusetts

Representative
Katherine Clark
Chief of Staff: Brooke Scannell

Michigan

Representative
John Moolenaar
Chief of Staff: Lindsay Ryan

 

Mississippi

Senator
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Chief of Staff: Doug Davis

 

Missouri

Senator
Roy Blunt
Chief of Staff: Stacy McBride

 
 

New Hampshire

Senator
Jeanne Shaheen
Chief of Staff: Chad Kreikemeier

New Jersey

Representative
Bonnie Watson Coleman
Chief of Staff: James Gee Jr.

 

Oklahoma

Representative​
Tom Cole
Chief of Staff: Josh Grogis

 

Oregon

Senator
Jeff Merkley
Chief of Staff: Mike Zamore

 

Rhode Island

Senator
Jack Reed
Chief of Staff: Neil Campbell

 

South Carolina

Senator
Lindsey Graham
Chief of Staff: Richard Perry

 

Washington

Representative
Jamie Herrera Beutler
Chief of Staff: Casey Bowman

Senator
Patty Murray
Chief of Staff: Mindi Linquist

 

West Virginia

Senator
Shelley Moore Capito
Chief of Staff: Joel Brubaker

Senator
Joe Manchin
Chief of Staff: Lance West

 

Wisconsin

Representative
Mark Pocan
Chief of Staff: Glenn Wavrunek

Senator
Tammy Baldwin
Chief of Staff: Ken Reidy