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Chronic diseases are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the USA. Most chronic diseases have behavioral risk factors that can improve health and quality of life and reduce financial burdens. Improved methods of measurement and behavioral interventions are rapidly progressing. These changes require sufficient funding to maximize effectiveness. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) helps to coordinate and support behavioral and social science research initiatives that are designed to promote public health and reduce chronic disease burden throughout the NIH. OBSSR's budget has not increased for the past 5 years. The goals of this policy paper are to promote awareness of the OBSSR Strategic Plan FY 2017-2021's three priority areas and encourage increased and sustained funding for OBSSR to support these priority areas. Priority area 1 involves improving the quality and integration of behavioral and social science research, which can increase speed of funding natural experiments. Priority area 2 encourages the use and improvement of new technology to create methods and infrastructures to analyze big behavioral data, ensuring that health behavior interventions keep pace with the substantial data generated from new technology. Priority area 3 supports translational research between scientific data and real-world practice, ensuring the delivery of research findings to patients and populations. Adequate and sustained resources are needed to address these priority areas. Without such resources, disparities in health outcomes and the costs of treating preventable chronic diseases will continue to grow. Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) recommends and supports an increase for OBSSR's budget.
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Name: Translational behavioral medicine
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