The Association for Clinical and Translational Science has developed a public policy initiative to insure that the views of the Association are presented to the public and governmental leaders. This effort will be in concert with other organizations that are already working together to articulate a common viewpoint, including the Association for Clinical Research Training and the Clinical Research Forum. A primary goal of the initiative will be to explain the importance of the CTSA program to the success of clinical and translational science and thus the importance of fully funding CTSAs to achieve their missions.
ACTS is working with a government relations team headed by Dale Dirks of Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington
to accomplish its advocacy goals. These goals
have been developed to address the needs of our clinical and translational science community. Any members with questions or issues for consideration are encouraged to contact either Dale at email@example.com or ACTS at firstname.lastname@example.org
The current legislative/Policy Plan for Action includes the following efforts:
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- Work with Congress and key congressional committees to support annual funding for the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
- Maximize funding for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program, and monitor its implementation related to the centrality of clinical research training, and the full spectrum of clinical research training and conduct, including K awards and other specific NIH training mechanisms.
- Support additional funding for specifically translational clinical research across the full spectrum with a focus on the translation of biomedical and clinical research into healthcare and health, including comparative effectiveness research, by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Institutes of Health and other Federal agencies as appropriate and advocate for these funds to contribute to and supplement the activities of CTSA programs.
- Collaborate with other scientific organizations to develop position statements on legislation impacting the National Institutes of Health, and articulate those positions to key legislators.
- Work with the organizations of the Joint Advocacy Coalition to develop a legislative grassroots network of members to respond to key legislative issues and support annual funding for federal programs of importance. Conduct advocacy training, improve grassroots capabilities, and regularly conduct advocacy activities in support of the goals of the Joint Advocacy Coalition.
- Conduct monthly conference calls of the Joint Advocacy Coalition to review the status of legislative and policy issues and provide updates related to ongoing projects, and determine the course of action on priority issues. The same will be provided to each member organization if that is desired.