Advocacy 2018-04-19T13:14:08+00:00

April, 2018

Congress recently completed an appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 (FY18) that included meaningful and crucially important budget increases for our nation’s science and health agencies. The President signed the legislation into law on March 23, 2018.

The Trump Administration and House majority leadership are reportedly considering whether to pursue retroactive cuts to the new appropriations law that would target non-defense discretionary spending.  Such an effort, if successful, could mean cuts to NIH, FDA, CDC, NSF, AHRQ and other agencies leveraging research to speed medical and public health progress.

Write your members of Congress today and urge them to oppose any attempt to backtrack.

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2017 Advocacy Committee

Chelsea Bahney, PhD, Chair

Jarrett Cain, DPM, MSc, FACFAS
Ben Freedman, PhD
Joyce Keyak, PhD
Karin Payne, PhD
Yi-Xian Qin, PhD
Irving Shapiro, PhD
Staff Liaison: Amber Blake

Advocacy is defined as any action that supports or argues for a cause, bringing increased awareness of an issue to the attention of others including the public, organizations, and law makers (local and national).

You can get involved in advocacy efforts by using these tools:

Advocacy Tool Box

Pioneers of Innovation

Pioneers of Innovation is a program that recognizes scientists whose sustained research in biological, engineering, or clinical sciences have translated into novel therapies and improved patient care. Scientists in the Pioneers of Innovation program are examples for our advocacy efforts that highlight the importance of musculoskeletal research and the need for increased research funding.

Pioneers of Innovation

Impact of Orthopaedic Research

NIH-funded research reaches every American for less than $100 in taxes per person. 91% of Americans support medical research, and 78% indicate supporting medical discoveries should be a priority of Congress. This one page printable flyer communicates the importance and value of orthopaedic research.

Impact of Orthopaedic Research

Use this website to reach out to your member of congress and encourage them to support sustainable funding for otheropaedic Research:

Locate Members of Congress

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Research Capitol Hill Days, an annual event promoting federal funding for musculoskeletal research, gives physicians, researchers, and patients the opportunity to meet with targeted Senators and Representatives to personally advocate for the future of musculoskeletal care, and specifically, increased research funding for the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In 2017, ORS representatives Chelsea Bahney, Irving Shapiro and Yi-Xian Qin traveled to Washington, DC to meet with representatives and highlight the importance of sustained funding for orthopaadic research funding.

Learn more about Research Capitol Hill Days.

Pictured: (at left) Chelsea Bahney, PhD, Chair of the ORS Advocacy Committee attends Research Capitol Hill Days.

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