On Tuesday, November 6th, voters went to the polls and made some significant changes to the U.S. Congress. Due to the bi-partisan nature of policy issues impacting the hydrocephalus community, this outcome represents both opportunities and challenges moving forward.
Thanks to the efforts of a range of advocates, including the hydrocephalus community, Congress has preserved the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP).
43 brave Senators have stood up against legislative efforts to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act, and we hope those impacted by hydrocephalus will take a moment to thank them for their efforts.
Congressional efforts to overhaul the tax code could have major implications for charitable giving and non-profit budgets and could lead to reductions in research, advocacy, outreach, and other services.
After a distinguished career on Capitol Hill, HA Board Member John Lawrence retired from his service to Congress and the American people on February 1, 2013. According to the National Journal, Mr. Lawrence was the longest serving staff person in the House of Representatives. In his last position, Mr. Lawrence served as chief of staff during both of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s terms as Speaker of the House. HA is honored to have Mr. Lawrence on our board of directors and wishes him the best in his new professional endeavors.
September is not the only month to raise awareness about hydrocephalus. Join us in celebrating the launch of our Advocacy Toolkit, a resource to communicate with elected officials and the media.
by Paul Gross, HA Chairman of the Board of Directors Yesterday, hydrocephalus was a hot topic in Congress during the debate over the annual defense spending bill. Experts believe that two-thirds of our current and former military service members suffering from moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries are at risk of developing hydrocephalus – more […]
On Thursday, the 28th of July, the second day of our conference, we held our second Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, “Climbing Capitol Hill for a Cure.” Hundreds of members of the hydrocephalus community braved the intense heat of a Washington, DC summer day to bring our message of increased funding for hydrocephalus research to […]
By Rick Smith, HA Acting CEO As a delegation from the Hydrocephalus Association heads to Washington D.C. to participate in the September 23rd Day of Testimony, we thought we would provide you with a complete update of our advocacy efforts. First, we have just completed an in-depth analysis of investments in hydrocephalus research by the […]
by Karima Roumila, MPH The Hydrocephalus Association would like to make hydrocephalus more known in Congress. Let’s educate our policy makers about hydrocephalus and let them know that constituents in their districts are affected by the condition and more research funding is needed. Contact Your Legislator for Hydrocephalus As a constituent, your lawmakers and political […]