2011 Public Interest News
December 2011 Policy Update
APA’s Public Interest Government Relations Office moderated a panel on domestic violence and children, supported the reintroduction of legislation to enhance the response of health systems to domestic violence, and signed-on to a coalition letter in support of federal funds to be used for syringe exchange program.
November 2011 Policy Update
APA’s Public Interest Government Relations Office recently met with NIH staff to discuss research priorities on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender concerns and held a briefing on the benefits of work and impact of unemployment.
October 2011 Policy Update
APA’s Public Interest Government Relations Office co-hosted a conference on military service member and veteran suicide prevention and have submitted a statement on socioeconomic status to a key United States Senate subcommittee.
September 2011 Policy Update
APA’s Public Interest Government Relations Office provided an advocacy training for attendees of the Psychology Summer Institute, organized by the Minority Fellowship Program; partnered with the Education GRO for the first ever PsycAdvocate™ Day at the 2011 APA Convention; and reported on an important federal rule about preventive health care that will provide women with access to domestic violence screening.
August 2011 Policy Update
APA’s Public Interest Government Relations Office and the Public Policy Advocacy Network have supported the Employment Nondiscrimination Act and protected funding for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
July 2011 Policy Update
PI-GRO submitted testimony to the National Council on Disability, co-sponsored a briefing for Older Adults Mental Health Week, and held the first follow-up meeting to continue the efforts started at the Advocacy Against Sexualization Summit.
June 2011 Policy Update
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day legislative briefing, Testifying before Congress on American Indian mascots, and Providing background information to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
APA presents testimony on American Indian mascots
PI-GRO worked with Dr. Stephanie Fryberg in preparation for her May 5, 2011 testimony before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee oversight hearing entitled "Stolen Identities: The Impact of Racist Stereotypes on Indigenous People.”
APA sends letter of support for U.S. Commission on Civil Rights bullying briefing
APA members Greg Herek, Ph.D., and Ilan Meyer, Ph.D., provided testimony on LGBT bullying and discrimination at a May 13, 2011, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights briefing on enforcing civil rights laws to protect students from bullying, harassment, and violence.
APA advances children’s mental health and child trauma issues on Capitol Hill
PI-GRO facilitated the participation of APA member Abigail Gewirtz, PhD, at a May 3, 2011 congressional briefing in honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
APA testifies on American Indian/Alaska Native issues in the federal budget
PI-GRO secured the testimony of APA Member Dr. Pamela Deters for a hearing before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies.
March 2011 Policy Update
Policy activities at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Capitol Hill Day for the Division 27 Executive Committee, and comments to the Department of Health and Human Services on the sexualization of girls in media.
February 2011 Policy Update
112th Congress brings significant change to Washington, new challenges and opportunities for PI-GRO's agenda.