- 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.
Last Updated: August 7, 2017