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Medical Research Matters to Louisiana

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 Louisiana this year there are some 87,000 people with Alzheimer's disease and more than 9,300 people will die from cancer and over 10,000 from heart disease. These facts make NIH research particularly important.

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

Last year, organizations in Louisiana received 285 grants from the NIH totaling $141.7 million. This funding in turn helped to support more than 3,000 jobs and contributed to over $418 million in economic activity in Louisiana.

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, which has delayed progress toward cures and diminished 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 Louisiana's health and economic well-being by increasing funding for the NIH again this year.

Fund NIH. Fund hope. #keepNIHstrong