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ATS Hill Day 2016

July 2016

This week, ATS members and patient advocates from across the U.S. traveled to Washington, DC to advocate for respiratory health during ATS Hill Day 2016. ATS members and patient advocates from Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington state participated.

ATS members advocated in support of the following issues:

  • Increased NIH research funding
  • Increased global and domestic tuberculosis (TB) funding
  • Opposition to attempts to weaken FDA regulation of tobacco
  • Legislation to incentivize the development of new antibiotics to address antibiotic resistance
  • Legislation to research, treat, and prevent respiratory conditions among veterans exposed to burn pits.

Council of Chapter Representatives Chair Steve Kirtland, M.D., said, "I have participated in ATS Hill Day for several years now and appreciate the opportunity to partner with our patient groups and communicate directly with our members of Congress about the need to increase research funding, TB funding and effectively regulate tobacco. The ATS Hill Day provides this unique opportunity to build relationships with our legislators and advance lung health."


Hill Day

Left to right Bennet Blackwell, Tim Blackwell, Chis Fukui, Sen. Hirono (D-HI), Allyn Harris, Teresa Barnes.

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