The SRS facilitates government relations activities through our Advocacy Taskforce, but it is the important volunteer advocacy of our members that facilitates the most progress on an annual basis. Advocates use their personal story and scientific or healthcare interest to connect with their members of Congress and explain the need to enhance support for federal circadian, sleep, and sleep disorders programs. The new Congress has many Representatives and Senators that are unfamiliar with research and public health efforts in this area. Please reach out to your legislators, enlist their support, and begin building a relationship with their congressional office. As a constituent they will want to hear from you and benefit from your expertise.
You do not need to be an expert on civics and government or make an open-ended commitment to be a community advocate. SRS will provide you with background information on the issues and your legislators, advocacy training and orientation sessions, and any support you need to be effective in your outreach.
Thank you for raising your voice for sleep health and sleep disorders! By meeting with your Members of Congress at their local offices, you are playing a key role in educating Congress and advancing critical research and awareness.
In our Advocacy Webinar, held on July 18th, 2019, we went over tips for telling your story, talking points, and how Congress can help! To get started, please watch the Webinar Video.
Checklist for Taking Action:
- Find your legislators’ local office info at www.house.gov and www.senate.gov
- Call/email to schedule the local meeting on behalf of sleep community
- Print leave-behind materials to bring to meeting (House and/or DoD)
- Arrive early for meeting
- Share your story and use the leave-behind materials to ask for your legislator’s support
- Get their business card and send “thank you” email afterward
- Important: Report back on how it went! Email your Washington Advocate, Dane Christensen at: email@example.com.
Questions? Please feel free to reach out to Dane at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to help!
The Sleep Research Advocacy Task Force will guide and organize SRS volunteers in their advocacy efforts with congressional action and through communicating the value of sleep research to NIH officials in order to build meaningful relationships over time and thereby enhance the funding for sleep research.
For questions, comments or concerns regarding advocacy efforts, please contact SRS Coordinator at email@example.com.