PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association worked with Congressman David Scott (GA-13) and 20 other leaders to introduce resolution H.Res.495 in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.Res.495 recognizes the seriousness of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the need for further research, improved treatment and care options, and for a cure for PCOS. It also designates September as PCOS Awareness Month. This historic and bipartisan effort represents the first time there has been a central focus on PCOS in the U.S. Congress.
ABOUT POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME
PCOS is one of the most pervasive and underserved public health issues that threatens the mental and physical health, and quality of life of girls, women and their families. The disorder can lead to infertility, lifelong complications and the most common causes of death in women including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. This resolution is critically important because more than 50% of women with PCOS are going undiagnosed. Awareness, early diagnosis and intervention and research can help to prevent or lessen the complications and progression of serious chronic illnesses connected to PCOS. It is imperative that we make PCOS a public health priority and encourage our respective Representatives to cosponsor H.Res.495.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
To move H.Res.495 forward and out of committee, your Representative needs to hear from you and your family to understand why PCOS is a critically important issue. As a constituent, you have a powerful story to tell about your own experience with PCOS or that of someone close to you.
THREE QUICK AND EASY NEXT STEPS:
- Step 1. Find your Representative by entering your zip code and address at www.house.gov.
- Step 2. Check to see if your representative is already a cosponsor of H.Res.495 (see cosponsor list on the right).
- Step 3. Email your personalized letter to advocacy @ pcoschallenge.org or fax it to PCOS Challenge at (301) 244-9902. We will deliver your letter to your Representative’s office.
ANOTHER WAY YOU CAN HELP:
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE’S OFFICE:
We also encourage you to call your Representative’s office about cosponsoring H.Res.495.
- Identify your Representative at www.house.gov by your address and zip code.
- Call your Representative’s office, let the person who answers the phone know that you are a constituent and would like to speak to the “health staffer.”
- Tell the health staffer, “I am a constituent in the district and would like the Representative to cosponsor H.Res.495, which recognizes the seriousness of polycystic ovary syndrome, the need for further research, and for improved treatment and care options for women and girls with PCOS. H.Res.495 also designates September as PCOS Awareness Month. This resolution is important to me because [explain why PCOS is important to you, someone you know or your patients].”
- If the health staffer is not available, leave a voicemail with your contact information and the message in #3 immediately above.
- Continue to follow up and ask your family and friends who live in the same district to follow up as well until your Representative signs on as a cosponsor.
Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13]
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]
Rep. Gonzalez-Colon, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large]
Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]
Rep. Marshall, Roger W. [R-KS-1]
Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]
Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2]
Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2]
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]
Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40]
Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1]
Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12]
Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5]
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9]
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]
Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2]
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4]
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27]
Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11]
Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]
Rep. Young, David [R-IA-3]
Rep. Comstock, Barbara [R-VA-10]
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12]
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]
Rep. Garrett, Thomas A., Jr. [R-VA-5]
Rep. Lawson, Al, Jr. [D-FL-5]
Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3]
Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7]
Rep. LoBiondo, Frank A. [R-NJ-2]
Rep. King, Peter T. [R-NY-2]
Rep. Boyle, Brendan F. [D-PA-13]
Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]
Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14]
Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2]
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5]
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]
Rep. Brown, Anthony G. [D-MD-4]
Rep. Esty, Elizabeth H. [D-CT-5]
Other Organizations Supporting H.Res.495
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
American Academy of Dermatology Association
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
American College of Nurse-Midwives
American Electrology Association
American Medical Women’s Association
American Society for Nutrition
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
American Urogynecologic Society
Androgen Excess and PCOS Society
Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Binge Eating Disorder Association
Black Women’s Health Imperative
Dermatology Nurses’ Association
Hormone Health Network
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH)
National Eating Disorders Association
Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)
The Obesity Society
Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Society for Women’s Health Research
The White Dress Project
Tinina Q. Cade Foundation