Advocacy Committee

NTCA Advocacy Committee

Purpose

The NTCA Advocacy Committee works with partner organizations to educate our elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels about the significant public health risks created by TB, an airborne communicable disease. The purpose of these educational efforts is to raise awareness of the need for continued vigilance and renewed commitment to eliminating this preventable disease. Strong and expert TB public health infrastructures are imperative if we are to truly protect the public’s health. Increased funding for TB programs – at all levels – is essential if we are to be successful in our elimination efforts.

Committee Chairperson: Charles Wallace

ACTION ALERT: Contact your representative and ask them to sign domestic TB funding letter

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

NTCA Community,

This morning we write with an important request. However, we do recognize that, for many of our members, this is not a realistic request to make given the constraints under which you work. If this is the reality you face, please consider asking your family and friends to take the action outlined below. After many visits to Hill offices, it is very clear that hearing from constituents is the single more important factor in moving Senators or Representatives to action!

A letter is circulating in the House, requesting FY18 funding for CDC’s Division of TB Elimination (DTBE). This letter, authored by Reps. Green (D-TX), Engel (D-NY), and Young (R-AK) requests $243 million for FY18, which is the amount outlined in the authorization language within the Comprehensive TB Elimination Act (CTEA). As you know, DTBE has been flat-funded at $142 million since 1994. Flat-funding translates into falling funding, given inflation, and this has significantly impacted the amount of funding DTBE can push out to our state/big city/territorial TB programs.

Please contact (or have family members and friends contact) your House Representative ASAP (but no later than this THURSDAY, 3/30 AM to ask them to sign the letter to support domestic TB funding. This is easily accomplished by following the instructions below:

  • Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121, ask for the Health Legislative Assistant for your Representative and ask them to sign the Green-Young domestic TB appropriations letter to support domestic TB funding. Please ask them to contact Sergio Espinosa with Rep. Gene Green at Sergio.Espinosa@mail.house.gov or 5-1688, Catherine Rowland with Rep. Eliot Engel at Catherine.Rowland@mail.house.gov or 5-2464, or Jesse von Stein with Rep. Young at Rep. Young at Jesse.vonStein@mail.house.gov or 5-5765.
  • Email your Representative with this request. Go to http://www.house.gov/, the official House of Congress website, provides a list of representative pages with contact information. Enter your zip code in the box at the top of the page to find your representative, or click the Representatives link for a listing of all House of Congress members. On each representative’s page, look for a Contact link, and keep in mind that most require individuals to enter their zip code, to prove that they do in fact live in that district, before being allowed to use the contact form.

Talking Points:

  • TB is the leading global infectious disease killer
  • TB is a problem in the US too – every state reports cases every year
  • Drug-resistant TB is a global health security issue – many states struggle with the high costs of treating it
  • Give any info about TB numbers in your state, etc.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this request. We would love to see this year’s letter have the largest number of signatures in recent years and know that it will be on the strength of our efforts that we achieve that goal!

In partnership,

Donna Hope Wegener, Executive Director, National TB Controllers Association

Contact for More Information: Donna Wegener at dhwegener@tbcontrollers.org

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