This assignment will provide you with the opportunity to practice influencing policy by communicating with a legislator about a current health problem. The letter should be in block format for a business letter, the letter may be more than one page. You do need to support with evidence. Cite your sources and include a reference page at the end of your letter. Follow the assignment directions and review the rubric. You can view samples for formatting a business letter on the following link: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/653/2/
In addition some helpful links on how to formulate a letter to your legislator may be found
Follow the steps below to write a letter advocating for change, go to for an example:
Minimum of three (3) total references: one (1) reference from required course materials and two (2) peer-reviewed references. All references must be no older than five years (unless making a specific point using a seminal piece of information)
Peer-reviewed references include references from professional data bases such as PubMed or CINHAL applicable to population and practice area, along with evidence based clinical practice guidelines. Examples of unacceptable references are Wikipedia, UpToDate, Epocrates, Medscape, WebMD, hospital organizations, insurance recommendations, & secondary clinical databases.
You will also be writing a letter to your legislator regarding a current health problem. Research the selected legislator to ascertain their influence/involvement in the topic you selected. The letter should be in block format for a business letter. You do need to support with evidence. Cite your sources and include a reference page following your letter. Follow the assignment directions and review the rubric. You can view samples for formatting a business letter on the following link. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/653/2/ . Always refer to your legislator as “The Honorable (Name)” in addressing the envelope and the letter. In the salutation, write: “Dear Senator,” “Dear Congressman,” “Dear Congresswoman,” “Dear Representative,” “Dear Assemblyman,” or “Dear Assemblywoman, so your message doesn’t look like junk mail.
References should be no more that 5-7 years old.
Always use the doi for journal articles instead of a URL as those can change. Most recent articles will have a doi. However, some do not. If necessary, use crossref.org to search for a doi. The URL for the library search does not take us directly to the article and should not be used as a retrieval statement. Again, if a doi is not found use the journal homepage URL.
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