COSSA and The Community
COSSA works with federal agencies and with the relevant congressional committees and offices to explain the importance of social and behavioral sciences to America’s economic and national security.
Many advocacy activities are conducted through coalitions. COSSA has not only participated actively in these groups, but, has and continues to, serve in leadership positions. Its Executive Director has served as the chair of the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) and its Deputy Director co-chairs the Coalition to Promote Research (CPR) and the Coalition for the Advancement for Health Through Behavioral and Social Science Research (CAHT-BSSR) and leads the Collaborative for Enhancing Diversity in Science (CEDS).
AAAS - The American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Triple A-S" (AAAS), is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.
Ad Hoc Group (steering committee) - The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research is a coalition of nearly 300 patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, academic and research organizations, and industry. The Ad Hoc Group has one mission: to enhance the federal investment in biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research by increasing the funding for the National Institutes of Health.
AAHRPP - The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) promotes high quality research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs (HRPPs). An independent, non-profit accrediting body, AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that HRPPs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. To earn accreditation, organizations must provide tangible evidence—through policies, procedures, and practices—of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement. As the "gold seal," AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances—to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public—that an HRPP is focused first and foremost on excellence.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coalition - The CDC Coalition's mission is to support a funding level for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that enables it to carry out its mission to protect and promote good health and to assure that research findings are translated into effective state, local and community programs.
Coalition on International Education - The Coalition for International Education is a group of over 30 national higher education organizations, which share an interest in U.S. Department of Education programs and initiatives that promote U.S. global competence. The Coalition strives for U.S. education community consensus on policies and issues affecting international education initiatives to educate Americans in the foreign languages and cultures of the world.
Coalition for National Science Funding - The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) is an alliance of over 100 organizations united by a concern for the future vitality of the national science, mathematics, and engineering enterprise. CNSF supports the goal of increasing the national investment in the National Science Foundation's research and education programs in response to the unprecedented scientific, technological, and economic opportunities facing the United States.
Council on Food, Agriculture, and Resource Economics - The Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics (C-FARE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the national presence of the agricultural economics profession. C-FARE's governing board includes prominent agricultural economists representing a wide range of public and private sector interests.
COPAFS - The Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics is an advocate for the development and dissemination of high-quality federal statistics. COPAFS is an important intermediary between the federal statistical agencies and the users of information produced by these agencies. Through COPAFS, members have an opportunity to review and have an impact on issues including timeliness, quality confidentiality, and the relevance of data.
Friends of AHRQ - The Friends of AHRQ is a voluntary coalition of more than 250 organizations that support the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). These groups are either the producers or end-users of the health services research developed by AHRQ.
Friends of NCHS - The Friends of NCHS is a voluntary coalition of more than 250 organizations that support the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Members of this diverse group-including think tanks, professional associations, and universities-rely on the data collected and maintained by NCHS to conduct research, support advocacy efforts, and influence and inform health policy.
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Friends of NIDA (executive committee) - The Friends of the National Institute on Drug Abuse is a coalition of individuals, scientific and professional societies, patient groups and other organizations committed to the elimination of drug abuse and addiction through education, advocacy, and the promotion of broad public and private support for the research agenda of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. As part of National Institutes of Health, NIDA funds 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse.
Friends of NICHD (executive committee) - The Friends of National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is an independent coalition of over 100 organizations formed in the mid-1980’s to support the important role of NICHD. Member organizations represent scientists, physicians, health care providers, patients, and parents concerned with the health and welfare of women, children, families, and people with disabilities. Members do not pay a fee to join or belong.
The Genetic Alliance - Genetic Alliance’s network includes more than 1,000 disease-specific advocacy organizations, as well as thousands of universities, private companies, government agencies, and public policy organizations. The network is a dynamic and growing open space for shared resources, creative tools, and innovative programs.
National Coaliton for History - The National Coalition for History (NCH) is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit educational organization providing leadership in history-related advocacy, serving as the profession's national voice, and acting as a clearinghouse of news and information.
National Humanties Alliance - Founded in 1981, the National Humanities Alliance is a non-profit organization to advance national humanities policy in the areas of research, education, preservation and public programs.
REHDC - The Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition (REHDC) is a working group of Washington-based national and local organizations concerned about effectively addressing the health status gap in communities of color. REHDC’s goal is to support and promote legislative, policy and budget initiatives that will increase the nation’s effectiveness in closing the health status gap.