Creation of an Office of Men’s Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Such an office would conduct, support, coordinate, and promote programs and activities to improve the state of male health in the U.S. It would:
• coordinate public awareness programs and activities related to male health, including prostate cancer, diabetes, colorectal cancer, cholesterol, and mental health screening programs, including for men identified as being at increased risk for these diseases
• support comparative effectiveness review related to these diseases
• establish a clinical registries database to assess and measure quality improvement of programs and activities relating to male health.
Support of federal funding for urologic research in the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). The DoD CDMRP encompasses a wide range of conditions such as breast and ovarian cancers, neurofibromatosis, military health, and other specified areas including urologic conditions like prostate, kidney, and bladder cancers and interstitial cystitis. The DoD appropriations to fund CDMRP are added every year during the budget approval cycle by members of the House or Senate, in response to requests by consumers and disease survivors. In FY 2017, Congress provided $1.117 billion for the 31 programs in the CDMRP. To date, these programs are operating under a continuing resolution and when that funding runs out, no further research can be supported.
While the summit is an important part of urology’s public policy initiative, it is only one component of AUA’s advocacy strategy, said Christopher M. Gonzalez, MD, MBA, chair of the AUA’s Public Policy Council.
“In the months following the Annual Urology Advocacy Summit, our three DC-based lobbyists will continue to work to garner co-sponsors, set up local meetings with attendees and their lawmakers back home, and continue to engage urology residents and young urologists in order to lay the foundation for the next generation of AUA member advocates,” Dr. Gonzalez said. “In 2017, our advocates held more than 330 total Congressional Hill visits and we’re already well on our way to surpassing this number in 2018.”