IFFGD’s grassroots arm, the Digestive Health Alliance, has announced Advocacy Day 2013, which will take place in Washington, DC on June 18-19, 2013. 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 Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorder Research Enhancement Act of 2013, currently in the U. S. House of Representatives, plus the Department of Defense fiscal 2013 funding for the Peer-Reviewed Gulf War Illness Research Program on behalf of veterans, who experience disproportionately high rates of functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders, the National Institutes of Health budget for fiscal year 2014, and S. 424, the National Pediatric Research Network Act, currently in the U. S. Senate on behalf of children and youth with a range of rare conditions, including some functional gastrointestinal or motility disorders.
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. Registration for Advocacy Day itself will be open until May 28 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.