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Advocate

Advocate for CMV Awareness and Education

Federal and state governments play a vital role in CMV research, treatment, and diagnostic testing for babies with congenital CMV.

Our goal is to inform policy makers about this viral health issue, which, when acquired during pregnancy, may attribute to infant loss or long-term developmental, and/or neurological, impairment for babies with congenital CMV. We want to present women with the information they need to ask the right questions in order to make informed decisions about their health. Learn how to get started.

Your story is the most important tool you have as a CMV advocate. It helps to forge a personal connection. Use these helpful tips to better articulate your story to elected officials in a clear and powerful manner.
  • Be brief and speak plainly. Avoid medical or policy terms.
  • Speak honestly and from the heart. Tap into their emotions and pull on their heartstrings a bit.
  • Discuss the benefits to your proposal. How will real people benefit from this measure?
  • Keep them invested. Include details that accurately put your proposal in motion.
  • Maintain a relationship. Thank them for their time and continue to follow-up.
If CMV legislation has already been proposed in your state, please download our State Advocacy Guide to follow step-by-step instructions on how you can help support the CMV bill in progress.

If your state does not have an existing in proposal stages, contact us at advocacy@nationalcmv.org for support on how to start the advocacy process.