Communicating with elected officials is an important part of public health advocacy. Written communication to the different branches of government is often used by health and advocacy groups to ensure

Communicating with elected officials is an important part of public health advocacy. Written communication to the different branches of government is often used by health and advocacy groups to ensure their perspective is considered in the debate on an issue. Advocacy groups often engage their member advocates in campaigns to directly communicate to their representatives to assure the community voice is included in the discussions and to influence legislators and regulators. Constituents’ (you, the residents and voters) input on issues is a valued part of the democratic process and should not be underestimated. Elected officials often make decisions about voting, and even introducing, bills in response to public communication. This week’s discussion is centered on drafting a letter to one of your elected representatives (Federal, State or Local) regarding a position on a piece of legislation. Each student will also provide input to two peer letters. Each peer post is expected to give constructive feedback to your peers, to identify ways that this letter could be improved or enhanced. Use course concepts. You are writing a draft letter on a health issue you care about for your primary post. many people are not sure who their elected representatives are. 1) Visit this site  to find your representatives at the Federal, state and local level. Identify which level of government you wish to send a letter to and find that elected official’s address. 2) Include the name and legislative title  of one of your elected representatives you are writing the letter to Example: Representative Susan Davis, United States Congress 3) Include an introduction and an advocacy issue appeal in your letter. The letter  should be at least three paragraphs. Some additional guidance on your letters:

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