Mar. 9, 2020

Take Action: Strengthen the US Response to COVID-19

 

 
Take Action: Strengthen the US Response to COVID-19
 
March 9th, 2020
Dear Colleague,
 
We need to strengthen the US' response to COVID-19, and we are mobilizing the CUGH network to do just that. If you are in the US, join us and please:
 
1) Contact your US elected official (use the script below if needed)
  • US Representatives' contact information is here.
  • US Senators' contact information is here.  
 
2) Write letters to the editor or op-eds to your local newspapers
 
3) Call your local radio stations and talk shows
 
4) Share this information publicly via your online platforms
 
Please repeat these actions often
 
 
Make sure to complete this short-post engagement form.
 
 
Thank you so much for helping us protect people around the world!
 
Best wishes,
 
 
 
 
 
Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
 
SCRIPT
Hello,
 
I’m [NAME], a constituent of [INSERT MEMBER OF CONGRESS NAME]. I work in global health at [INSERT INSTITUTION] and I am concerned about the US’ response to the COVID-19 outbreak as well as President Trump’s proposed FY 2021 budget cuts for agencies involved in global health.
 
I applaud Congress for passing the ‘Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020,’ however,
President Trump’s proposed FY 2021 budget will harm those agencies directly involved in addressing this pandemic. Currently, he has proposed the following cuts:
 
  • 10.81% cut to the FY 2020 enacted CDC funding levels
 
  • 9.55% cut to the FY 2020 enacted NIH funding levels
 
  • 7.71% cut the FY 2020 enacted NIH Fogarty International Center funding levels
 
  • 9% cut to the FY 2020 enacted HHS funding levels
 
  • 26% cut to the FY 2020 enacted EPA funding levels
 
It is not enough to pass an emergency spending bill during times of crisis. The country must have effective and properly funded agencies that can prevent, detect, and respond to public health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. Will [INSERT MEMBER OF CONGRESS NAMEreject President Trump’s cuts to these important global health agencies?