Join the Public Policy Advocacy Network!

Dear APAGS Member,

The APA Public Policy Office wants to make your voice heard on Capitol Hill. We know that you are both a student of psychology and a concerned citizen who can strengthen the voice of psychology with Congress and federal agencies. Through the PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCACY NETWORK (PPAN), a member service of APA's Public Policy Office (on behalf of the Education, Public Interest, and Science Directorates), you can help shape federal law and regulations by playing a key role in promoting advocacy initiatives of interest or concern to psychology graduate students and the field as a whole.

We take the guesswork out of federal advocacy by providing you (about once a month) with information updates and action alerts that contain sample scripts so that you can contact the office of your Senators and/or Representative on critical federal policy matters. Since members of Congress seldom take action without hearing directly from their constituents, your opinion expressed via letters, phone calls, or office visits is critical to the success of psychology's advocacy initiatives.

For example, an advocacy initiative that you would hear about in the 108th Congress involves gaining support for the newly created Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. All psychology graduate programs and internship sites are eligible to receive funding through this program for psychology education and training in areas of national need. Another initiative is to advance psychology's contribution in responding to terrorism and homeland security, as well as in addressing the unmet mental health needs of underserved populations, among other initiatives.

TO SUBSCRIBE TO PPAN, YOU JUST NEED TO COMPLETE THE USER FRIENDLY SIGN-ON FORM. Please be sure to include your 9-digit zip code, so that we can identify the congressional district in which you live. You can find your 9-digit zip code by entering your address at this Web site.

If for whatever reason you decide not to remain a PPAN member, please be assured that each PPAN notice includes instructions on how to discontinue your participation in the network. Also, please feel free to forward this note to other psychology graduate students (or faculty members) that might like to subscribe to PPAN.

For further information, please contact APA's Advocacy Network Officer or visit the Government Relations Office.

Sincerely,

APA's Advocacy Network Coordinator