National Breast Cancer Coalition

Call to Action Online - February 2015

Registration is Open for the Pivotal 2015 Advocate Leadership Summit

We are midway to Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, and the sense of urgency has never been greater. And we are excited to be holding our third annual Advocate Leadership Summit on May 2-4, 2015 to help you lead others toward a future where no one else gets breast cancer—and no one dies of it.

The Summit is chock full of speakers, topics, skill building, message training and strategic planning that will energize us for the important work in the year ahead. Much of the program will focus on immunology, and prevention and metastasis research, together with disruptive activism and community engagement. There will be hands on participation in a Community Engagement Forum utilizing audience response technology and in-depth updates from scientists and advocates on the Artemis Projects®.

 On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, we will once again host a Lobby Day on Capitol Hill to be sure that Congress supports our legislative priorities. Last year advocates were successful in changing the conversation on the Hill to ending breast cancer and in securing a significant number of cosponsors for our signature legislation, the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act.

As we move into the second half of the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® campaign, it is vital that our leaders push even harder to make the deadline a reality. Start by registering for the 2015 Advocate Leadership Summit today.

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NBCC Sets its 2015 Legislative and Public Policy Priorities 

Each year, NBCC’s grassroots Board of Directors—which represents organizations that reflect the diversity of breast cancer—sets a public policy and legislative agenda. Like all NBCC actions, the priorities which make up this agenda must move us toward and support the goal of knowing how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. Policymakers are then held accountable for how they vote and govern with regard to these priorities.

At its first meeting of the year, NBCC’s Board of Directors voted to keep the same legislative and public policy priorities for 2015 as we had in 2014. They felt strongly these are the areas of emphasis that will help us achieve Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.

 PRIORITY #1: Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act: The Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act defines an important role the federal government must play in Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.

PRIORITY #2: $150 Million for the Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) for FY2016: As a result of NBCC’s grassroots advocacy, the DOD BCRP was created in 1992 to “eradicate breast cancer by funding innovative, high-impact research through a partnership of scientists and consumers.”

PRIORITY #3: Guaranteed Access to Quality Health Care for All: Ensuring access to quality, evidence-based health care has been a top priority of NBCC for many years and is an essential component of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.

PRIORITY #4: Ensuring the Participation of Educated Patient Advocates in all Levels of Health Care Decision Making: NBCC continues to work to ensure that educated patient advocates have a “seat at the table” in all levels of health care decision making which affects their lives.

Learn more about each of the 2015 legislative and public priorities and actions you can take to move them forward.