State the issue and why it is a concern for PH -explain your ideas for solution or at least the steps needed to begin to address the issues.

The purpose of an advocacy statement is to express your view, supported by evidence, about a topic, usually to a politician or a political office, in order to promote a position.

In public health, these advocacy letters take on an important role in promoting a public health issue which a member of the public health community feels is not being adequately addressed by those in power.

https://linguaholic.conn/linguablog/how-to-write-an-advocacy-letter/ e., (This website should give you some basics as to what must go in this letter) Here are some basic requirements for your advocacy letter: Pick a public health issue you feel is not adequately addressed either locally, on a state level or on a national/international level. (Topic examples: gun control, vaccines in school, combatting obesity, school lunches, food insecurity, access to healthcare, drug abuse, reproductive health, sex education, LGBTQIA+ issues in PH, etc.) No topic is off limits.

Then, research your topic so you can make fact based salient points in your advocacy statement.

Finally, craft a letter that both advocates your position and offers some actionable steps that can be taken to promote this issue and possibly change the current governmental intervention on this issue.

REQUIREMENTS:

-proper heading and addressed to the correct person/ governmental agency -introduce yourself and state why you have a stake in this issue -establish why you wrote to this agency

-State the issue and why it is a concern for PH -explain your ideas for solution or at least the steps needed to begin to address the issues

-provide at least 3-5 factual statements (statistics, studies, etc) that support your opinion. -proper salutation This letter should be NO MORE than 5 paragraphs.

You must use proper citation (either APA or MLA) for anything you cite in the letter. You must provide a works cited page at the end of your letter.