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A Community United: Contact Your Legislators on March 19!

On March 19, 2013, hundreds of congenital heart disease (CHD) advocates will be reaching out to their lawmakers to ask for three simple things:

Join with your fellow advocates and call your lawmakers on March 19.

Action is simple—only three easy steps:

  1. Visit House.gov and Senate.gov to find your legislator’s contact information.
  2. Call their Washington office and say:

    “Hello, my name is _________. I/my child/my patients have congenital heart defects, the most common birth defect. We need more NIH funding for research, more CDC funding for data collection, and we need YOU to join the Congressional Congenital Heart Caucus. For more information, please email me at ______________. Or contact Amy Basken at abasken@achaheart.org.”  

    If you would like to add more detail:

    • Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects.
    • There are more than 2 million people living with congenital heart disease.
    • CHD is a leading cause of death for infants, and remains a cause of premature death throughout the lifespan.
    • The NIH is the largest funder of congenital heart disease research.
    • The CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities has made congenital heart disease a public health priority.
    • Talk about how you or someone you know has benefited from CHD research.

  3. Let us know you took action: advocacy@achaheart.org.
Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013