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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Merger

Managing Partner Lyle Dennis developed and executed a Congressional and Administrative advocacy campaign that successfully stopped a NIH merger that would have jeopardized critical research

When the Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB) at NIH voted to recommend the merger two institutes, CRD Associates working on behalf of a client whose researchers would have been disadvantaged by the merger, meticulously built a case over a three-year period as to why the proposed plan would be bad policy.  Meeting with the senior management at NIH, two Assistant Secretaries of HHS, and high-ranking OMB officials, NIH finally dropped the merger in lieu of a pledge for the two institutes to collaborate more than had been done in the past.  The client’s interests were protected and research funding has continued to flow to their members. 


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Coalition for Health Funding

Senior VP Emily Holubowich is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF).

In 2009, CRD Associates began managing the Coalition for Health Funding, an alliance of organizations devoted to robust funding levels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other discretionary health programs within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Since that time, the Coalition’s membership has more than doubled and membership dues revenue has more than quadrupled. The Coalition for Health Funding now includes more than 90 member health organizations representing more than 100 million patients and consumers, health providers, professionals, and researchers, and has become the most active and prominent voice in Washington advocating for programs that protect Americans’ health.

The Coalition has launched several successful advocacy campaigns, including the NDD United campaign to stop sequestration and raise the Budget Control Act spending caps—named one of the Top 10 Lobbying Victories of 2013 by The Hill—and advocacy efforts to secure billions of dollars in emergency supplemental funding to combat the Ebola and Zika responses. The Coalition has also organized events that have become Capitol Hill mainstays attracting Members of Congress and hundreds of Congressional staff.