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Medical Research Matters to Tennessee

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 Tennessee this year there are some 120,000 people with Alzheimer's disease and 14,900 people will die from cancer and over 15,500 people from heart disease. These facts make NIH research particularly important.

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

Last year, organizations in Tennessee received 1,100 grants from the NIH totaling over $511 million. That money helped support over 8,000 jobs and spurred $1.32 billion in economic activity in Tennessee.

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 Tennessee's health and economic well-being and to increase funding for the NIH again this year.

Fund NIH. Fund hope. #keepNIHstrong