Thursday, April 9, 2009

Global Health Ambassadors on Capitol Hill

Here at New Voices we encourage all forms of advocacy, including visiting with your members of Congress and their staffs. It may take a significant amount of time (and potentially travel) to advocate on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, but the impact can be long lasting.

After a visit last month, prominent U.S. global health researcher-advocates, Adnan Hyder, MD, MPH, PhD, and Mathuram Santosham, MD, MPH, shared their thoughts on their meetings with policymaker and committee offices as Paul G. Rogers Society Ambassadors for Global Health Research.

We asked both of the Ambassadors what one piece of advice they would give to someone who wanted to become an advocate.

Adnan Hyder, MD, MPH, PhD
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
"Work hard to gain credibility in the field of your choice; people must be able to trust you and your experience in science. And then use it to advocate for global health research."

Mathuram Santosham, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
"Sincerity and passion for the cause are key elements of advocacy of global health research."

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