On the federal level, all New Yorkers are represented by both Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Charles Schumer, as well as a member of the House of Representatives (determined by your address). Your elected officials like to hear from constituents by email or telephone.

When you call, do the following:

  • Ask for the staff person who handles health issues.
  • Introduce yourself and tell them that you are a constituent
  • Tell them that you are a member of the Brain Injury Association of New York State, the premier statewide brain injury advocacy organization
  • Briefly mention your relationship to brain injury (ie: that you have a brain injury; that a family member has a brain injury; you are a provider; you are a professional in the field etc.)
  • Your are calling because there are a number of issues of concern to the brain injury community that you would like your Senator/Representative to be aware of.

What to Talk About

There are a number of issues of great importance to the brain injury community. You do NOT have to be an expert on them. It is most important for you to contact your elected officials and let them know what you think.

Below are some ideas of what to say. Do not assume they know anything about your issue: be prepared to educate your representative. If you are interested in a specific policy issue, visit the Brain Injury Association of America’s website for more information on policy efforts.

Some talking points are:

  • Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone: Brain Injuries can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone!
  • 2.5 million Individuals sustain a TBI each year. That is about 1 injury every 13 seconds.
    Ask the Senator/Representative to become a member of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force. (Representatives Louise Slaughter, Jerrold Nadler, Joseph Crowley, Paul D. Tonko, and Brian D. Higgins are already members – thank them!)
  • You would be happy to provide additional information (BIANYS will help).
  • You hope you can count on their support.
  • New Yorkers with brain injuries are counting on them.

Ending the Call

  • Be sure to thank them for their time and interest.
  • Send a follow-up thank you email or note.

Please share information about your efforts and any responses with BIANYS.

More information on the federal-level initiatives is available on the BIAA Advocacy & Government Affairs web page