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Urge Candidates to Share Their Views on Biomedical Research

With Election Day on the horizon, the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) has received another important update from the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) about how you can encourage your local congressional candidates to share their views on health and biomedical research.

PAN’s Chief Executive Officer Amy Comstock Rick weighs in below on advocating the importance of health issues as a voter:

From PAN:

Dear Parkinson’s Community,

With less than four weeks to go before Election Day, I want to encourage all of you to push your candidates to share their views on health and biomedical research with the voting public. It may surprise you to know that despite the fact that Americans consistently describe medical, health, and scientific research as important to them, just eight percent say that they are very well informed about their elected officials' positions on these issues. Yet, biomedical research and access to quality health care impacts all of us, including the Parkinson's community.

Research!America, a national, pro-research organization with which PAN works closely, sponsors a voter education initiative, Your Candidates – Your Health, that gets candidates on the record with their views on health and biomedical research. While candidates vary in their willingness to complete such surveys, requests from the voting public are a major incentive for them to do so. And, asking candidates to complete this survey also serves as another reminder to candidates and incumbents that biomedical research is an issue that matters to our community.

I encourage each of you to reach out to candidates (incumbents as well as challengers) in your state and district and ask them to complete the Your Candidates – Your Health survey. If your candidates have already completed the survey, you can thank them for doing so which, again, emphasizes to them the importance of health and biomedical research to you, as a voter. By visiting, you can see whether your congressional candidates have already completed the survey.

Please remember that PAN, as a 501(c)(3) organization, does not endorse or take positions on particular candidates. However, it is very much within our mission and our responsibility to encourage everyone within our community to advocate on the importance of our issues and to participate in the election process.


Amy Comstock Rick

PAN is the voice of the Parkinson's community in Washington, DC. In fiscal year 2013, PDF is supporting PAN with a grant of $200,000.

Source Date: Oct 11 2012