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Happy Holidays, Friends!


The tumultuous year of 2020 is drawing to a close...finally. While it was a difficult year, we're grateful to our teammates, clients and partners who gave us moments worth celebrating. Since our last update, these moments included an award win from the PRSA DC chapter, mastering Zoom GIFs, donating to worthy causes, and the launch of CURA Health Policy Profiles. Keep on scrolling for details on these and more. 

Thank you to those who were on the journey with us this year. We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season and look forward to more moments to celebrate in 2021!

Stay CURAgeous, 

NOW AVAILABLE!

December 9th marked the launch of CURA Health Policy Profiles: A Guide to the Freshman Members of the 117th Congress—a free guide that profiles the health policy positions, interests and priorities of every new member of Congress.

Created to equip advocates, journalists and government relations professionals with a convenient tool to understand the incoming class of D.C. power players, the e-book and searchable database feature analysis based on more than 300 hours of research on every Senate and House freshman. 
 
Download your copy and check out our database TODAY!
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THE IMMUNO BILL PASSED!

After nearly 20 years of advocacy by the kidney community, Congress passed the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act (Immuno bill) into law! CURA is honored to have worked with CareDx to launch the Honor the Gift coalition, which brought 32 leading kidney and transplant organizations together and activated more than 10,000 patients, donors, clinicians, family members and advocates to help get this legislation passed.

This bipartisan bill will extend Medicare’s coverage of immunosuppressive drugs for kidney transplant recipients beyond the current three-year limit, ensuring that no transplant patient loses their new kidney due to an inability to pay for immunosuppressive drugs. Read more about the Honor the Gift campaign, and the effects of this legislation, here!
We worked with HEAL CollaborativeMount Zion Baptist Church and The Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee to host a virtual community event to unite, inform and educate on a condition that predominantly impacts African Americans: sickle cell disease (SCD). The event, which featured patient advocates, medical experts and government leaders speaking on ways to close the gaps in care for SCD, is one of a series to be rolled out by HEAL. Check out the recording here!

Public Service Campaign of the Year WINNER!

CURA's Mental Health for US campaign was named Public Service Campaign of the Year at the 2020 PRSA National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards! Cheers to our Mental Health for US partners!
 
Congratulations to our Vice President of Government Relations Scott Leezer for celebrating three years of CURAgeous work!

Fun fact about Scott: he used to be a DJ and is a novice home brewer, recently purchasing a kegerator. Party at Scott's house when it's safe to socialize in person again!

CURA Cares Charity Competition

Drumroll please...the winner of the 2020 CURA Cares competition is Bread for the City! This DC-based organization provides a suite of services for underserved communities in DC, including food, health care, social services and pro bono legal services. Their vision is a DC “where all residents have access to the basic material resources they need for survival, growth and the prosperity of their social, emotional and spiritual lives.” As the winner, Bread for the City received the highest donation from CURA. 
Runners up Back on My Feet and Thrive DC each also received donation amounts proportional to the percentage of votes they received.
 
Thank you to all who voted! 
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