On Tuesday, Feb. 10th, I had the opportunity to meet my Representative, Congressman Adam Schiff and thank him in-person for championing the sleep community priorities in Congress for the past three years. I was in Washington, DC for Project Sleep and the Sleep Research Society’s February Hill Day on Monday, Feb. 9th. See our event recap and photo album!
But let me back up. In 2017, I had no idea that upon sharing my story and my passion for Project Sleep with my Representative’s health staffer, that his office would end up championing our cause on Capitol Hill.
But that’s exactly what happened: Congressman Schiff stepped forward to lead multiple important “Dear Colleague” letters — that other Representatives (on both sides of the aisle) have signed onto in support of advancing sleep & sleep disorders research via NIH, DoD, and the VA and sleep awareness via CDC. Read more about our efforts here.
YOU have helped make these efforts a success by reaching out to your Representatives to ask them to sign onto these letters. So collectively, all of our efforts combined are making a difference. And how do we know our efforts are making a real difference? Multiple amazing researchers have shared with me they believe our advocacy is helping them secure important research grants. Wow!
Get involved! You play an important role in our next steps, starting with an advocacy webinar on Tuesday, March 3 at 2pm ET! RSVP here, even if you can’t make it live on March 3rd, RSVP anyway to receive the webinar recording. We will help everyone who signs up to take action!
Sleep touches every one. It is not a partisan issue. Our only opposition is lack of awareness. Sleep is an underdog cause in our society, which is why I love this challenge and why having policy makers like my Representative Adam Schiff on our side, it means the world to me.
As I left the office, Congressman Schiff thanked me for my advocacy. It was a moment I’ll never forget and I wish YOU had been with me to receive this thanks in-person too. Raising our voices matters!