In the second part of this series, Medical Outreach Director Kaylen Jackson discusses how you can contact your elected officials and speak to them about increasing funds for mesothelioma research. The best way to contact them is by using contactingthecongress.org, where you can find contact information for your local representative. From there you can email, call, or send them a letter. For those of you who want to take it one-step further, you can schedule an appointment where you can discuss why mesothelioma research is important to you in person. For an email or letter template – contact Kaylen. Stay tuned next week for talking points for your face-to-face meeting.
“Hi I’m Kaylen and I am the Medical Outreach Director for the Mesothelioma Center.
In last week’s video, I went over the three major sources of funding for mesothelioma clinical trials; this included Industry support, Government grants, and funding from foundations and other organizations. Today I wanted to go over ways that you could get in contact with your elected officials and ask if they increase government support for funding for mesothelioma clinical trials.
The Internet can be a really handy tool in getting in touch with your elected officials. By visiting Contactingthecongress.org you can filter by state and then see a list ofinformation, including phone number, email address and physical address for your State Senators and Representatives. Share your story in the form of an email or a letter, and ask that they increase funding for mesothelioma research. If you’d like help in drafting this letter, please feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to share a template with you.
While it’s a little bit more difficult than writing a letter or sending an email, another great way to influence your elected officials is to schedule a face to face meeting with them or their staff members. These meetings can take place either in the local offices or in the DC office. To find out when your members of congress will be in the local office, you can visit the website, call the office directly or get on the mailing list.
If you chose to do a face to face meeting, it’s very important that you schedule an appointment. These requests can be made by mail, by fax, or over the phone. Join in next week when I go over speaking points for your meetings and for your letters and thanks for watching.”
Have you spoken to your government official about mesothelioma research? Let us know how it went in the comments below or on Facebook.