The Importance of Election Day
Election day is less than a week away. In addition to the Presidential race, all of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and one-third of the seats in the U.S. Senate are up for election. This is a particularly important election for viral hepatitis advocates. In the past couple of years, Congress and the Obama Administration have shown leadership in fighting the viral hepatitis epidemic by increasing funding for testing and linkage to care services, releasing the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, and hosting two White House events commemorating World Hepatitis Day. We need the next President and Congress to continue this momentum to implement the Action Plan, increase hepatitis funding, pass the Viral Hepatitis Testing Act, eliminate the funding ban on syringe exchange programs, and ensure that the Affordable Care Act meets the needs of those living with and at risk for hepatitis B and C.
NVHR encourages everyone who is eligible to vote and to encourage your friends and family to do the same. Lives depend on it!
NVHR Congressional Candidate Survey
The centerpiece of NVHR’s 2012 election activities is a Congressional candidates’ survey on viral hepatitis policy issues. This questionnaire was sent to all major candidates for the House of Representatives and Senate in every state and asks for their positions on a broad set of important issues. It also asks candidates to talk about any personal experiences they may have with hepatitis B or C.
The purpose of NVHR’s non-partisan questionnaire is to (1) educate Congressional candidates about viral hepatitis, (2) determine candidates’ positions on a broad set of viral hepatitis policy issues and (3) educate the viral hepatitis community about candidates’ opinions about these issues.
Over 60 candidates have returned the survey. You can read their responses at www.nvhr.org. We will update the website as more surveys are returned so be sure to check often. Take a few minutes to read the surveys so that you can see where candidates stand. If candidates from your area didn’t respond, send them an email and encourage them to do so. Thank those who did take the time to respond. Developing a relationship with candidates now is a great way to make sure you can continue the relationship if they win and become your elected representative!
NVHR Webinar Presentations on 2012 Elections
On September 25, 2012, NVHR’s quarterly all member webinar focused on the 2012 elections and how advocates can communicate with candidates about viral hepatitis issues. The webinar featured presentations about NVHR's Congressional candidate survey, tips on telling your story in less than a minute “the elevator speech,” building a relationship that will last after the candidate becomes an elected representative, and important resources for non-profits who want to engage in voter education. If you missed this webinar, you can view the presentations here (link to presentations: http://nvhr.org/content/nvhr-quarterly-member-webinar-2012-election-making-your-voice-heard-updated-powerpoint-prese
NVHR Monthly Federal Policy Call Schedule
NVHR hosts a monthly federal policy call on the first Monday each month (11:00 AM Pacific Time/ 1:00 PM Central Time/2:00 Eastern Time,
Call in: 877-989-4822
Access code: 777293).
The November 2012 call has been cancelled due to the election and the APHA Conference in San Francisco. The following schedule will help you schedule calls for the rest of this year and 2013:
11/5/12 - Call Cancelled