Letters and emails are highly effective ways to communicate with elected officials. Many legislators believe that a letter represents not only the position of the writer but also many other constituents who did not take the time to write.  

You may address a healthcare issue that is ongoing in your state, including items to be voted on in the near future.  If you are writing to support or oppose a particular legislative bill, state the topic and include the bill number and the author.  However, writing a letter about a Bill or Rule that has already been voted on is not permitted for this assignment, nor is a thank you letter. Do not address the LGBT community or abortions.

Your State Nursing Association and Advanced Practice groups are good places to find this information.   You must communicate clearly to your legislator that you live in their district.  Do not use FNU letterhead.  If you want to use a letterhead it should include your personal information.

You may also find this link helpful in finding an active issue in your state.Links to an external site. https://legiscan.com/

Letter to legislator – Due Aug 11

For this assignment, you will contact one of your legislators.  You can do this via email or by completing a form on their website.  Max. 500 words.


Here is a link to an APA page that explains how to write a letter/email to a legislator.Links to an external site.
https://www.apa.org/advocacy/guide/letter-email

Letters and emails are highly effective ways to communicate with elected officials. Many legislators believe that a letter represents not only the position of the writer but also many other constituents who did not take the time to write.  

You may address a healthcare issue that is ongoing in your state, including items to be voted on in the near future.  If you are writing to support or oppose a particular legislative bill, state the topic and include the bill number and the author.  However, writing a letter about a Bill or Rule that has already been voted on is not permitted for this assignment, nor is a thank you letter. Do not address the LGBT community or abortions.

Your State Nursing Association and Advanced Practice groups are good places to find this information.   You must communicate clearly to your legislator that you live in their district.  Do not use FNU letterhead.  If you want to use a letterhead it should include your personal information.


You may also find this link helpful in finding an active issue in your state.Links to an external site.
https://legiscan.com/

 

DO’s and DON’Ts When Contacting a Legislator.

DO:

· Address the letter or email to a specific legislator. …

· Include your name and personal contact information, including your title, physical address, and email address. 
Use your personal information, not FNU information.

· The subject line should state your brief position on the legislative issue or proposed bill. …

· Keep it brief and concise

· Thank your Representative for his/her time.

· Ask for a response.

· Close with your name.

DO NOT:

· Don’t write a letter that demands or insists the legislator vote for or against a particular bill.

· Don’t write a chain letter or form letter.

· Don’t threaten the legislator with defeat at the next election.

· Don’t become a chronic letter writer.

 

 

Rubric

Letter to Legislator

Letter to Legislator

Criteria

Ratings

Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCompose a brief email to a legislator in your district

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HR 8079 2023

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F L O R I D A H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

House Resolution 1

A resolution recognizing April 2023 as “Minority 2

Health Month” in Florida. 3

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WHEREAS, National Minority Health Month is a month-long 5

national initiative to advance health equity across the country 6

on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities, and 7

WHEREAS, National Minority Health Month began with Booker 8

T. Washington advocating for a National Negro Health Week in 9

1915, and 10

WHEREAS, in 2002, the United States Congress said that a 11

National Minority Health and Health Disparities Month, “should 12

be established to promote educational efforts on the health 13

problems facing minorities and other health disparity 14

populations,” and 15

WHEREAS, as an example of such health problems and 16

disparities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and 17

Prevention Office of Health Equity, Black women are three times 18

more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related 19

causes, and 20

WHEREAS, according to a study published in 2019 by a 21

researcher at George Washington University School of Medicine 22

and Health Sciences, Black and Hispanic emergency room patients 23

were 40 percent and 25 percent less likely to receive pain 24

medication than white patients, respectively, and 25

HR 8079 2023

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F L O R I D A H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

WHEREAS, the theme of the 2023 National Minority Health 26

Month is “Better Health Through Better Understanding,” which 27

focuses on improving health outcomes for racial and ethnic 28

minority and American Indian and Alaska Native communities by 29

providing them with culturally and linguistically competent 30

healthcare services, information, and resources, NOW, THEREFORE, 31

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Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of 33

Florida: 34

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That April 2023 is recognized as “Minority Health Month” in 36

Florida. 37