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Obj. 5) Evaluate current advocacy strategies that influence health, healthcare systems, and policies
Assignment: Legislative Letter, Bibliography, Talking Points
Review the resources located within the module.
First Step: Choose a legislative bill concerning a health policy of interest to you from the Virginia Nurses Association (VNA) list provided in the module. This list may not be available in time for you to begin work on this assignment. So, you may want to review the list of healthcare-related bills from the Virginia General Assembly website (see below) to make your choice. See the VNA Public Policy Platform below to help guide you in your choice of bills. The VNA bill list will be provided as soon as it becomes available. If you are residing in state other than Virginia please see * below.
Remember that in choosing a bill in which you plan to endorse or oppose, you need to understand all the components of the bill, not just the piece you are interested in. You will track your chosen bill through the Legislative Session as the basis of the Bill Tracking assignment. Please read the Bill Tracking assignment in conjunction with this assignment.
To choose a bill or to find the bill you have chosen from the VNA list of bills, go to the website for Virginia General Assembly: http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/, where you will look on the right and see “Search Legislation with Lis”, begin clicking; “2021 Regular Session Tracking”, “Bills and Resolutions”, “All Legislation” which will take you to the list of all the bills. You will be able to click on your chosen bill to read the entire bill.
Become familiar with this website. At the top of the site you will see “Click for Bill Tracking, Meetings, Who’s My Legislator?
Second Step: Conduct a review of the literature related to the policy/bill issue and develop a Bibliography of at least 10 citations in APA format. Your Bibliography is the list of resources used to inform your views. The Bibliography is not used as a Reference List. You will not cite your references in the letter you write. Third Step: Write a legislative letter to the state legislator who represents your state district (a senator or delegate) of no more than 1 1/2 pages single-spaced. Website to identify your Virginia legislators: http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/
See tips for advocacy and communicating with your legislator under the Legislature Letter Assignment folder.
If you have chosen a House bill then write to your Delegate. Likewise, if a Senate bill is chosen then write to your Senator. If the House Bill (HB) has already cleared the House and is on the way to the Senate, then write to your Senator about the House bill and vice versa
Correct salutation and spelling of legislator’s name, header that includes his/her address
Identification of yourself as a constituent with name, address, and phone number
Identification of the particular bill by its full name, bill number, and bill content
Policy issue clearly stated
Position on the bill with supporting information
Positive or negative impact on you and your community
Any personal story you can add is going to have a bigger impact than any facts you cite
Outcome you would like to see from your legislator
Fourth Step: Based on your letter write a page with bulleted Talking Points that will guide you in your testimony with your legislator or legislator aide. Talking Points is a short-hand version of the letter you have written. The bulleted points will help you keep on track as you talk so that all the important ideas are expressed; also known as “Key Messages”. Your Talking Points should contain only information that has been expressed in your letter – there should be no new information in the Talking Points.
Fifth Step: LETTER, BIBLIOGRAPHY (10 sources), AND TALKING POINTS ARE SUBMITTED AS ONE DOCUMENT IN D2L.
Sixth Step: Complete the Legislative Table with your name, bill, and legislators
Seventh Step: Make revisions to your letter and talking points based on feedback from your faculty. Bring the revised letter and talking points to Lobby Day (if attending) to give to your legislator.
My state delegate info
Virginia House of Delegates 2021
Delegate Ibraheem S. Samirah
Member Since: February 20, 2019
D – Counties of Fairfax (part) and Loudoun (part)