Arthritis Agenda: Advocacy E-newsletter

Welcome to the Arthritis Agenda, an advocacy newsletter of the Arthritis Foundation.

April 2007
Volume 8, No. 1

Advocacy & Kids' Summit Attracts Record Number of Participant

The Arthritis Foundation’s Public Policy & Advocacy Department received unprecedented support during this year’s Advocacy & Kids’ Summit held in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27 and 28. This eighth annual event on Capitol Hill attracted 307 Arthritis Foundation volunteers and staff from 38 states. Growing from 75 participants in its first year, this year’s Summit saw more than 230 meetings held in the Senate and House and over 3,000 emails sent via the Virtual Summit in support of the Arthritis Foundation’s priorities.

While learning more about the Arthritis Foundation priorities and how to conduct visits with members of Congress, Summit participants heard from Dr. Wayne Giles, director of the division of adult and community health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who explained more about the CDC’s role in helping to prevent arthritis and its disabling effects. In addition, Dr. Dan Kastner, clinical director, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and chief of the genetics and genomics branch of the National Institutes of Health, shared the exciting areas for research opportunities, including a genetic discovery that offers great promise for therapies.

The greatest news coming from the Advocacy & Kids’ Summit was the amount of support coming from the grand halls of Capitol Hill. Introduced on Feb. 15 by Senators Edward Kennedy (MA) and Christopher Bond (MO), the Arthritis Prevention, Control & Cure Act (S.626) had five additional original co-sponsors; Daniel Akaka (HI), Patrick Leahy (VT), Robert Menendez (NJ), Larry Craig (ID) and Richard Shelby (AL). On March 1, U.S. Representatives Anna Eshoo (CA-14) and Charles Pickering (MS-3) led the outstanding 57 original co-sponsors to introduce the act in the House of Representatives. The numbers of co-sponsors continue to increase in both the Senate and House every day.

For a current list of co-sponsors, visit the Arthritis Action Center.
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