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San Jose State Elected Official on an Emerging Public Health Issue Essay

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The purpose of this assignment is to identify an emerging public health issue that you are passionate about and write a letter to your elected officials to bring attention to your issue.

Part 1:

Identify an emerging public health issue that you are passionate about as the topic of your letter to the elected official.

Part 2:

Read the PDF “Writing a letter to your elected officials” and follow the tips on how to write a letter to your elected officials. Next, locate the elected official that you would like to reach. You can select a local California representative or your state senator or congressman/woman. Refer to our lecture from Week 12: Advocacy, Policy and Change Strategies for tips on how to incorporate storytelling into the letter for your elected official.

Part 3: (One and a half pages or two single spaced)

Use the sample template provided as an example of how to write a letter to your chosen elected official on your emerging issue. Please proofread your letter before submitting it.

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SAMPLE LETTER TO YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS The sample letter below is provided to show the correct format for addressing your State Senator. It is impossible to provide one letter that would meet the needs of all students; so, you will need to personalize your letter to address your concerns or issues regarding legislation. Please use the left-hand column as a guide for the format, but make the letter unique to your needs! Return Address Your Name Address City, CA Zip Code Date [Insert Date] Elected Official’s Address The Honorable [Insert Name] Dear Elected Official [Insert Title and Last Name]: Salutation My name is [Insert Your Name] and I reside at [Insert Your Address] in [Insert Your City], California. I am a student attending [Insert Your School]. Introduce yourself: your name, address and school to identify that you are a constituent I am writing you to ask that you help make …. [Be specific with your suggestion, idea or request. Why are you writing your writing about a specific Bill, include the Bill Number Elected Official? for example, H. 5400 or. S. 2815] If you are I appreciate your help and ask that you please send me a response letting me know if you are able to pass a Bill that would make our... Ask for a response Thank you for your time and considering my request. Sincerely, Thank your Elected Official for his/her time [Insert Your Name] Closing with your name So, you're going to write your Congressman? Good idea. Make it a good letter. By Robert Longley People who think members of Congress pay little or no attention to constituent mail, are plain wrong. Concise, well thought out personal letters are one of the most effective ways Americans have of influencing law-makers. But, members of Congress get hundreds of letters and emails every day. Whether you choose to use the Postal Service or email, here are some tips that will help your letter have impact. Think Locally It's usually best to send letters to the representative from your local Congressional District or the senators from your state. Your vote helps elect them -- or not -- and that fact alone carries a lot of weight. It also helps personalize your letter. Sending the same "cookie-cutter" message to every member of Congress may grab attention but rarely much consideration. Keep it Simple Your letter should address a single topic or issue. Typed, one-page letters are best. Many PACs (Political Action Committees) recommend a three-paragraph letter structured like this: 1. Say why you are writing and who you are. List your "credentials." (If you want a response, you must include your name and address, even when using email.) 2. Provide more detail. Be factual not emotional. Provide specific rather than general information about how the topic affects you and others. If a certain bill is involved, cite the correct title or number whenever possible. 3. Close by requesting the action you want taken: a vote for or against a bill, or change in general policy. The best letters are courteous, to the point, and include specific supporting examples. Addressing Members of Congress To Your Senator: The Honorable (full name) (Room #) (Name) Senate Office Building United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 To Your Representative: The Honorable (full name) (Room #) (Name) House Office Building United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Senator: Dear Representative: The above addresses should be used in email messages, as well as those sent through the Postal Service. Finding Their Addresses U.S. Senators (web sites and mailing addresses) Write Your U.S. Representative (A service of the House that will assist you by identifying your Congressperson in the U.S. House of Representatives and providing contact information. Contact Information - US Supreme Court The Justices do not have email addresses, but they do read letters from citizens. To Conclude Here are some key things you should always and never do in writing to your elected representatives. 1. Be courteous and respectful without "gushing." 2. Clearly and simply state the purpose of your letter. If it's about a certain bill, identify it correctly. If you need help in finding the number of a bill, use the Thomas Legislative Information System. 3. Say who you are. Anonymous letters go nowhere. Even in email, include your correct name, address, phone number and email address. If you don't include at least your name and address, you will not get a response. 4. State any professional credentials or personal experience you may have, especially those pertaining to the subject of your letter. 5. Keep your letter short -- one page is best. 6. Use specific examples or evidence to support your position. 7. State what it is you want done or recommend a course of action. 8. Thank the member for taking the time to read your letter. Never 1. Use vulgarity, profanity, or threats. The first two are just plain rude and the third one can get you a visit from the Secret Service. Simply stated, don't let your passion get in the way of making your point, 2. Fail to include your name and address, even in email letters. 3. Demand a response. Identifying Legislation Cite these legislation identifiers when writing to members of Congress: House Bills: "H.R._____" House Resolutions: "H.RES._____" House Joint Resolutions: "H.J.RES._____" Senate Bills: "S._____" Senate Resolutions: "S.RES._____" Senate Joint Resolutions: "S.J.RES._____" ...
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Student’s Name
Student’s Address
City, CA Zip Code


The Honorable Kamala Harris
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Dear Ms. Harris,

I am writing to ask for your help regarding the increasing mental health issues among children
because I believe that the conditions directly or indirectly affect all people regardless of their
age, income, or health status. Life with my younger sibling, who once suffered from depression,
compelled me to write this letter to inform you of the gravity of the situation on the public as
well as the country’s economy. My sister often depicted irritable moods, mood swings, and
withdrawal from friends, which negatively affected the whole family’s wellbeing. My sibling’s
condition adversely affected my parents who blamed her situation on their parenting style.
My family’s experiences depict the challenges that most Americans with relatives or friends
suffering from mental issues undergo. Children’s mental health is an emerging public healt...

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