Washington Conference

THE 22nd ANNUAL WASHINGTON CONFERENCE - ENGAGED FROM A DISTANCE

 

 

 

MEETING CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19

DUE TO COVID-19 THE WASHINGTON CONFERENCE PLANNED FOR MAY 12-13TH IN ALEXANDRIA, VA HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  INSTEAD, AMCA IS ORGANIZING A GRASSROOTS EFFORT TO REACH LEGISLATORS IN OTHER WAYS.

The emergence and rapid spread of Covid-19 and other communicable diseases demonstrate that threats to public health are escalating. We have seen how a lack of preparedness for the Coronavirus pandemic has compromised our efforts to control it to date. Alarmingly, we are now heading into mosquito and tick vector season, whose disease transmission put those afflicted at higher risk of fatal outcomes from COVID-19 infection. To ensure these challenges can be effectively met, public health and vector-control professionals must be equipped with the resources and capacity necessary for the prevention, treatment, and control of vector-borne diseases.

The threat from mosquito-borne and other vector-borne diseases continues, and our nation’s limited existing capacity to respond to such threats demands action. Please join us in urging action by Congress to fund and support the implementation of the SMASH and TICK Acts, recent public health preparedness measures enacted by Congress. We ask that you please forward the attached letter to your House and Senate Congressional representative requesting vital vector control funding resources as our nation continues to strengthen public health preparedness.

GRASSROOTS PROJECT PART 1   MUST BE DONE NOW! (By April 27th)

To participate, follow these steps:

  1. Check the key committee list to find legislators in your state who are decision-makers on funding.  (CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST) 
  2. Personalize a letter to those Members of Congress.  (CLICK HERE FOR THE TEMPLATE)
  3. Call the legislators’ offices to set up phone meetings.  If no appointments are available, email the appropriate staff member using the cover letter and issue paper.
  4. Follow up with the Senator or Representative by phone and/or email. 
  5. Relay any response you get back to AMCA Representative Karen Williams - Kmwilliams@mwe.com

GRASSROOTS PROJECT PART 2 – TO BE COMPLETED (BY MAY 29th)

  1. Attend the informational conference call on legislative issues
  2. Follow the steps in Part 1, adding other issues such as Endangered Species Act Considerations

ISSUE PAPER:

  • Safeguarding Public Health through Improved Capacity to Address Mosquito and Vector-Borne Disease Threats
  • Endangered Species Act Considerations for Mosquito Control

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

  • Why the World Needs Mosquito Control
  • What is AMCA?