Medical Research Matters to Alaska

Tell AK's members of Congress to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health now!

Research funded by the National Institutes of Health saves lives and improves the health of all Americans. In Alaska this year there are some 6,400 people with Alzheimer's disease and more than 700 people will die from cancer and over 450 people from heart disease. These facts make NIH research particularly important.

But did you know that NIH research also improves Alaska's economy?

Last year, organizations in Alaska received 17 grants from the NIH totaling nearly $11 million. That money helped support more than 450 jobs and spurred nearly $51 million in economic activity in Alaska.

But that doesn't come close to what the NIH is really capable of. Congress has shortchanged the the NIH budget for more than a decade now, delaying progress toward cures and diminishing the economic impact in our state.

Congress can fix this! It can include increased funding for the NIH in the year-end spending bill that will be voted on soon.

Send a message to Alaska's senators and representative, urging them to improve the health and economic well-being of our state and to increase funding for the NIH now.

Fund NIH. Fund hope.