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Medical Research Matters to Alaska

Tell your 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 7,500 people with Alzheimer's disease and more than 1,100 people will die from cancer and over 800 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 22 grants from the NIH totaling nearly $17 million. That money helped support more than 400 jobs and spurred $60 million in economic activity in Alaska.

But that doesn't come close to what the NIH is really capable of. The NIH budget is just beginning to recover from more than a decade of under-funding, delaying progress toward cures and diminishing the economic impact in our state.

Congress can fix this! It can increase funding for the NIH this year.

Send a message to your senators and representative, urging them to improve Alaska's health and economic well-being and to increase funding for the NIH again this year.

Fund NIH. Fund hope. #keepNIHstrong