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  • As a scientist, you are viewed as an authority on biomedical research issues.
  • Remember that the public generally has no idea what NIH is or what it does; focus groups indicate that to the extent people have heard about the NIH, they think it is the federal mouthpiece for public health messages
  • Congress and the public needs your expertise to make informed judgments.
  • Offer to speak at business/civic/religious groups, political town hall meetings, and local chapters of health and patient groups.
  • Offer to speak at local schools to discuss why biomedical research is so important, how it is done, and its importance to your community.
  • The bottom line is that you can't do enough to educate the public about the NIH.

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