APA Helps Organize NIH Poster Session on Capitol Hill

An NIH Poster Session on their behavioral and social science research contributions to health will be held on April 28, 2009. Given that policymakers in Washington are eager to take a fresh look at health and healthcare, it’s an opportune time for behavioral and social scientists to show how their research has contributed to society's wellness.

Eighteen institutes, centers and offices at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will display posters on their behavioral and social science research contributions to health on April 28, 2009.  APA, working with members of the Coalition for the Advancement of Health Through Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, is helping organize this event on Capitol Hill, to which the public, members of Congress and their staff are invited. 

Given that policymakers in Washington are eager to take a fresh look at health and healthcare, it’s an opportune time for behavioral and social scientists to show how their research has contributed to advances in health promotion, disease prevention, treatment and understanding of basic mechanisms of health and illness. One poster from the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research helps put the contributions in context.  It says, “Imagine living in a nation where one out of every two adults smoked cigarettes, where depression and substance abuse were mysterious and poorly understood conditions, and where children’s developmental problems were automatically blamed on bad parenting.  Just a few short decades ago this imagined world was reality. Social and behavioral research supported by the NIH… has made significant contributions to improving our nation’s health.”

The next issue of SPIN will include photographs and coverage of this event.