Advocacy & Health Policy: ACOG’s Call to Action: Stop Zika
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently 1,396 pregnant women infected with the Zika virus in the United States. There have also been a number of locally-transmitted Zika cases confirmed in Florida , and there is real concern the numbers will continue to grow. Contact your district or section now to join ACOG in the fight against the spread of the Zika virus.
Volunteer to participate in educational meetings and briefings, media engagement, sign-on letters, and consider testifying before state legislative committees.
State-level priorities include:
- Engaging with Medicaid and other state and local health officials to make sure they are aware of and implementing the latest guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Promoting access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) in order to protect women from unplanned pregnancies in high risk areas
- Advocating for women’s health priorities in Zika response efforts
ACOG’s most important asset is you, our members. Help educate legislators and state and local health officials about this public health crisis.
With Congress soon returning to Washington, contact your Members of Congress to let them know that Zika funding is a day-one priority!