American Brain Coalition’s programs are designed to reach our core audience of over 100 membership organizations consisting of patients, advocates, researchers, clinicians, government agencies, and industry partners. In addition to the programs listed below, the ABC offers our members the unique opportunity to partner with other patient advocates and professionals in the field of brain disease and disorders. Members have the opportunity to meet face-to-face during our Membership Meetings. Further networking opportunities happen through conference calls, email correspondence, and through the ABC’s social media sites. Members also work together by circulating materials about important events going on with their organizations, as well as circulating materials to one another that our members might find useful.
The ABC offers educational webinars to our members and affiliates on a wide range of topics that are of interest to the brain disease community. This format allows us to reach hundreds of individuals and easily provide education to our members. It also allows our members to participating in real time, which will allow them to ask questions of the panelists, or listen when it’s convenient for them since our webinars are archived.
Advocacy is an important function of the ABC and its nonprofit organizations. Many members look to the ABC as their key advocacy program, while others have their own large policy shops. Either way, the ABC is committed to staying abreast of brain and health related federal policy issues. The ABC retains the services of Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates, a highly-respected DC firm, to help us with our policy needs.
The ABC ensures our membership is adequately prepared to speak with members of Congress and their legislative staff. We have created a toolkit to do just this, and provide up-to-date information for our members when conducting meetings and phone calls. The ABC has created a White Paper that our members can use both as a handout to Members of Congress and to educate themselves about ABC's stance on key issues. The White Paper succinctly lays out the issues at hand and what ABC hopes Congress will do to address the problem.
The ABC relies on our Advocacy Committee, comprised of experts and passionate members dedicated to advancing the ABC’s policy agenda, to help us determine key legislative issues that ABC should be advocating for. The Advocacy Committee brainstorms strategies and approaches and reports back to the Board of Directors.
The ABC offers our members an on-line legislative action center, which allows members to easily contact their Senator or Member of Congress. The ABC signs on to letters sent by like-minded coalitions or other organizations that might be coordinating an effort on a piece of legislation. There are many coalitions consisting of other health advocacy or professional medical associations that circulate sign-on letters and ABC makes sure that its voice joins these other groups in a more powerful alliance. Along with endorsing these letters, we inform the membership about our decision and encourage them to sign-on and provide the contact information for the coalition coordinating the letters.
Neuroscience Caucus Organizer & Host
The bipartisan Congressional Neuroscience Caucus promotes a better understanding of how the brain develops, functions, and ages. Co-chaired by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the caucus seeks to raise awareness about the millions of Americans afflicted with neurological disorders or mental illnesses.
The American Brain Coalition has teamed up with the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus in hosting and organizing events that focus on neuroscience: developing and promoting legislation that will further advance neuroscience research; sponsoring briefings and information sessions on neuroscience research and findings; collaborating with patient advocacy, physician, and research organizations to build awareness; and distributing congressional communications and information such as Dear Colleagues and Congressional Record statements.
Public Health Thank You Day
The American Brain Coalition has partnered with Research!America to recognize the many public health professionals who play an essential role in keeping our nation - and our world - healthy and safe. Public health professionals work tirelessly to ensure we have a public health infrastructure in place every day, when we take public health for granted, and at the ready when public health crises occur. Public Health Thank You Day is celebrated each year on the Monday before Thanksgiving.
Representatives. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) meet with MS activists in California
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Neuron from Chicken embryo photographed with confocal microscope after being dyed. Courtesy of Xpanzion via