Far too many stereotypes were cast upon scientists, and not enough scientists were involved in civic or community outreach to counter such images.
Research!America began a series of half and full-day advocacy workshops in partnership with medical, nursing, dental and public health schools across the country. Each workshop trained scientists to write letters to the editor, to contact elected officials, to testify before Congress, and to respond to the media.
Congressional leadership in cities across America endorsed the concept of doubling medical and health research funding. Often the scientist, joined by a patient, stood side by side with an elected official at a press conference releasing public opinion data supporting the concept of increased funding for research.
Click here for a sample tool used for Research!America’s advocacy.