Advocacy & Initiatives



Joint AAHSL/MLA Statement

MLA and AAHSL concur with NIH that promoting diversity in the extramural scientific workforce is critical to the success of the NIH mission. MLA and AAHSL believe that achieving this goal will generate research that ensures better healthcare outcomes among our nation’s underserved and underrepresented populations. It is critical to develop strategies to make this happen.

FY 2022 CDC Coalition Request Letter

Please find the sign-on letter to House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Committee leaders in support of at least $10 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the FY 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

ASM and AAAS - Community Letter for FY21 and Supplemental

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in sending a letter to Congressional leadership urging swift action to complete work on the FY 2021 appropriations bills. The final letter, which garnered more than 170 organizations and institutions across all disciplines and areas of science and research. We think this sends a strong message about the importance of federal R&D the need for timely enactment of these bills, and we are pleased we could all speak with one voice.

Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research letter to President-Elect Biden

Thank you for joining the nearly 350 institutions and organizations on the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research letter to President-elect Biden! Please see attached and the Ad Hoc Group website for the final letter as delivered.

MLA/AAHSL Call for Transparency and Impartiality in the Dissemination of Health Information

Members of the Joint Legislation Committee, GRC, and Public Services Section have developed the attached statement calling for transparency and impartiality in the dissemination of health information. This was written in response to the issues surrounding the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and other sources of public health information. While the situation has quieted down presently, the threat of keeping information from the public and scientific community continues to be pervasive. For this reason, the workgroup broadened the MLA/AAHSL statement to address all health information.

AAHSL Health Professionals DREAM Act Letter

In July 2019 AAHSL signed on to a letter to continue seeking the protection those individual under the DREAM Act and ensure those members of the health care workforce approved for DACA and other undocumented young people are able to continue their employment, education, training, and research in the health professions. 

MLA Comments to EPA Opposing Proposed Rule to Strengthen Transparency in Regulatory Science

In May 2018, AAHSL and MLA submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opposing the proposed rule, "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science," because it contradicts our core values. AAHSL and MLA urged the EPA to reconsider the proposed rule.

DACA Health Professions Letter

In December, 2017 AAHSL signed on to a letter urging Majority Leader McConnell, Speaker Ryan, Minority Leader Schumer, and Minority Leader Pelosi to ensure that all members of the health care workforce with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status are able to continue their employment, education, training, and research, with passage of a permanent legislative remedy as soon as possible.

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