IFFGD’s grassroots arm, the Digestive Health Alliance, has announced Advocacy Day 2014 which will take place in Washington, DC on June 23-24, 2014. Participants will join IFFGD/DHA staff and functional GI and motility researchers in meeting directly with legislators regarding several issues of concern to the digestive health community. These include HR 842, the bipartisan Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorder Research Enhancement Act of 2013, which is still seeking additional co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, the hoped-for introduction of a corresponding Act in the Senate, Department of Defense fiscal 2015 funding for the Gulf War Illness Research Program on behalf of veterans, who experience disproportionately high rates of functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders, and the National Institutes of Health budget for fiscal year 2015.
The advocacy activities are free of charge and some meals will be provided. However, those traveling to Washington, DC from outside the area must pay for their own transportation and hotel accommodations. IFFGD has secured a group rate at an area hotel for the event if reservations are made by May 20. This year, a limited number of attendee sponsorships will be available to cover lodging for individuals who may need partial financial assistance to attend. Travel and other costs will still be the attendee’s responsibility. Registration for Advocacy Day itself will be open until May 30 at the above link.
IBS Impact supports having as many options as possible for people to choose the advocacy issues that interest them. Add your voice to those in the IBS and functional gastrointestinal and motility disorder community who are already speaking out. U.S. citizens, if you have contacted your legislators before with no results, don’t stop, but try again. Every person, collectively, makes a difference.