In an effort to initiate the much needed Mental Health Care Reform in the United States, and to express the need for awareness,
we believe in what the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) in Washington, DC is doing...
Read below for more information about who the EDC is.
Mission of the EDC:
- To advance the federal recognition of Eating Disorders as a public health priority.
Policy Priorities of the EDC:
The EDC has identified the following federal policy goals:
- Increase resources for research, education, prevention, and improved training.
- Promote federal support for improved access to care.
- Promote the national awareness of eating disorders as a public health problem.
- Promote initiatives that support the healthy development of children.
- To raise awareness among policy makers and the public at large about the serious health risk posed by eating disorders.
- To promote federal support for improved access to care.
- To increase resources for research, education, prevention, and improved training.
- To increase funding and support for scientific research on the causes, prevention, and treatment of eating disorder.
- To promote initiatives that support the healthy development of children.
- To mobilize concerned citizens to advocate on behalf of people with eating disorders, their families, and professionals working with these populations.
The EDC is reaching their goals through:
- Educating members of Congress - The EDC will create educational materials and briefing sheets that summarize the research and outline the problems on eating disorders and meet with Members of Congress and people in federal agencies. The EDC is creating a Family Action Council where a family from each state and the District of Columbia will advocate for improved policies.
- Surveying past and current efforts - The EDC has collected data and written summary reports of what federal agencies and Congress have done to address the problem of eating disorders.
- Raising visibility - The EDC has conducted and is currently organizing Congressional events to bring increased attention to and awareness of eating disorders as a policy issue. Their first such event was a Congressional briefing titled "Fighting for treatment, fighting for life."
- Broadening reach - The EDC has created a website with information on eating disorders, for members of Congress, their staffs, and the general public.
- Advocacy - The EDC is working to promote policies that eliminate the problems facing people with eating disorders, and that may prevent further people from developing eating disorders.
Read more details on the EDC and getting involved by clicking HERE!