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April 08, 2021

NIH Funding

Increased funding for the National Institutes of Health is a top priority for the Endocrine Society.  This year we are advocating for at least a $3 billion increase in FY 2022 funding and at least a $10 billion allocation in emergency supplemental funding to support research recovery from the pandemic and COVID-19 related research.  President Joe Biden is scheduled to unveil his proposed budget on Friday, April 12,, outlining his priorities for funding the federal government for the upcoming fiscal year.  It is expected that he will also support the recommendation of a $3 billion increase in appropriations.  Last month, the Endocrine Society conducted a “virtual” Researcher Hill Day in which members from around the country met via zoom and other video and telephone platforms with their congressional delegations to share our funding recommendations for research.  We continue to see how this effort helped influence Congress.  This week, the co-chairs of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Tom Reed (R-NY), sent a letter to all their colleagues in the House of Representatives asking them to support funding for federal diabetes programs in the FY 2022 appropriation bill, including our recommendations of: $2.29 billion for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)$185 million for CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT); and $40 million for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) at CDC.  

We strongly encourage all US Endocrine Society members to join our online advocacy campaign urging Congress to support our funding recommendations for the NIH.  Please take a moment to take action and share the campaign with your colleagues.  Our software will identify your Representative and Senators, direct a message to the correct in-boxes, and provides you with a template email that you can use as is or personalize.

NIH Extramural Researcher Survey on Impact of COVID-19 on Research Workforce

NIH announced the results from a survey of the extramural research community on how COVID-19 is impacting the workforce. The survey gathered insights on the impacts of the pandemic on researchers’ career trajectories, mental health, stress levels, productivity, and institutional support. Unsurprisingly, respondents reported negative impacts on career trajectories, with particular concerns for laboratory-based and early-career researchers. The survey also confirmed that the pandemic is impacting the careers of caregivers, especially women, and that civil unrest tied to racism negatively affected research productivity for underrepresented minority respondents. Detailed information can be found at the NIH website. The Endocrine Society has been concerned about the impact of the pandemic on workforce and we have discussed this issue with congressional offices to make them aware.  We will be able to use this survey in our advocacy for supplemental funding for NIH to support research recovery.

Transgender Health

The State of Arkansas passed a law on April 7 prohibiting gender-affirming care for minors, the first law of its kind in the United States.  Seventeen other states have introduced or are considering similar legislation.  The proposals reflect widespread misinformation about the nature of gender-affirming medical care, criminalize physicians’ efforts to provide needed medical care, and disregard widely accepted medical evidence and clinical practice guidelines.  While the Endocrine Society focuses its advocacy at the federal level, we have developed a toolkit for members and other advocates who are calling for evidence-based legislation at the state level. In addition, we continue to work with our member experts to share our clinical practice guidelines and position statement with policy makers and the media; and we are working with the Pediatric Endocrine Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, and others on providing medical evidence to the court in the expected legal challenge.

Latest Policy Letters
  • Sign-on Letter for Social Determinants of Health Funding for CDC - We signed onto a letter requesting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) be properly funded at $50 million for its Social Determinants of Health program.
  • Letter of Congratulations for Michael Regan - We sent a letter congratulating Administrator Regan on his confirmation as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and request a meeting to discuss shared priorities.
  • Letter of Congratulations for Secretary Becerra - We sent a letter congratulating Secretary Becerra on his confirmation as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and to request a meeting with him and his staff to discuss our shared policy priorities.
  • REACH Program FY2022 Funding Sign-on LetterWe joined a sign-on letter urging the Appropriations' chairs to provide at least $102.5 million in the FY 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program.
  • Letter of Congratulations for Dr. LevineWe sent a letter congratulating Dr. Levine on her confirmation as Assistant Secretary of Health at HHS and to request a meeting with her and her staff to discuss our shared policy priorities.
  • National Center for Environmental Health FY2022 Funding Sign-on Letter - We joined a sign-on letter to express our support for increased funding for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health in the FY 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
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