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(For more information please read the file provided)Write a memo to one of the health agencies or health policy groups from the list provided.The sample letter was on a different topic but it is the format you should follow.


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Letter to Health Agency 40 pts
Write a memo to one of the health agencies or health policy groups from the list provided
below. In your letter you must provide the details in regards to the following:
1. Introduce who you are and why you are writing
2. Your letter must describe the problem or at risk group that you would like to
3. Your letter should provide recommendations for addressing a problem/or at group
at risk that you have identified in a specific scenario based on the content covered
in this course. Please use the theories and research exercise scientists have
established to understand the impact of exercise (or the lack thereof) on health and
4. Your letter must address guidelines for the frequency, duration, and intensity of
exercise specific to the problem and/or group at risk.
5. Your letter must be a minimum of 1page or maximum of 2 pages single spaced or 24 double spaced (including all headings and salutations)
List of potential Health Agencies/Policy Groups:
1. Center for Disease Control (CDC)
2. World Health Organization (WHO)
3. National Institute of Health (NIH)
4. US Department of Health and Human Services
5. California Department of Health
6. United State Surgeon General
7. Local and State officials
Please take the time to properly format your letter so that it includes all of the details
necessary if you were to really send it in the mail. The sample provided is on different
topic but you can use it as a guide for how you can format your letter.
Rubric 25 pts
Organization and
Details/ information
Followed the describe
format with no more
than 2 grammar or
spelling errors
-Provided abundant
detail about
problem/group at risk
-Uses knowledge
from course to draw
-Followed the
describe format with
no more than 3-5
grammar or spelling
-Some times difficult
to follow
-Provided adequate
detail about
problem/group at risk
-Sometimes uses
knowledge from
-did not follow the
described format
-had excess margins,
spaces or large text
-often difficult to
-Provided limited
detail about
problem/group at risk
-Sometimes uses
knowledge from
Letter to Health Agency 40 pts
connections between
exercise and health
and wellbeing.
-Clearly details
guidelines for exercise
address the problem
or group at risk
-Frequently uses
vocabulary from
course to draw
connections between
exercise and health
and wellbeing.
-Guidelines for
exercise address the
problem or group at
risk are vague
-Sometimes uses
vocabulary from the
course to draw
connections between
exercise and health
and wellbeing.
-Guidelines for
exercise address the
problem or group at
risk are vague or
– Does not use
vocabulary from
10pts for References:
1. Be sure to use scholarly resources to support your claims with evidence.
2. Properly use in text citations
3. You must use a minimum of 2 sources (one can be the textbook)
4. Additional references include journal articles, books and websites with a .gov, .edu
or .org extension.-NO .COM WEBSITES ACCEPTED.
5pts Page length: Did not meet or exceeded page length outlined in directions
Mr., Mrs., Dr., Honorable etc. First and last name
Office Address
Name of institution you are writing
City, State, Zip
Dear ______________:
As a scientist and a constituent, I urge you to support an increase in funding for the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) bringing funding to at least $100 billion for 2025. NIH
research is the foundation for future medical breakthroughs, which will save lives and
money. The federal government’s investment in research must be sustained in order to
translate today’s scientific findings into tomorrow’s bedside treatments. Recent
discoveries, such as those listed below, are a direct result of robust funding for the NIH.
• The death rate for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, has
dropped 60% since 1940.
• Through research to better understand the underlying molecular causes of cancer,
NIH research has cut cancer deaths. In 2007, for the first time in history, the number
of cancer deaths in the United States decreased.
• In the 1950’s, 1 in 5 people died within 20 years of diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.
Today, those with type 1 diabetes are living longer and healthier lives.
• The discovery of a type of antibody that neutralizes and protects against several
subtypes of the flu. This super-antibody may be the key to protecting millions from
influenza breakouts.
The money invested in NIH is redistributed to communities across the nation, including our
district/state to create jobs and stimulates the local economy. A federal investment in basic
research is an investment in the heath and economic future of our nation. Please make
medical and health research a higher priority for our nation by continuing the investment
in the NIH. Thank you for your consideration.
Your Name
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Below is a sample letter that neurosurgeons can use to write to the Senators, Representative
and President Obama. It is merely an outline to get you started and you are highly encouraged
to tailor this to your own practice and add personal information to make it more compelling.
Print the letter on your office or personal letterhead. The format for the inside address is as
The Honorable [Insert first and last name] United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Barack H. Obama
The President of the United States The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500
The Honorable [Insert first and last name] United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Senator [insert last name]/Representative [insert last name]/Mr. President:
I am a practicing neurosurgeon in [insert city and state] and I am writing to express my views
about healthcare reform.
I certainly agree that reform of our nation’s healthcare system is long overdue and I am pleased
to see that Congress is inching closer to passing reform legislation. I think everyone can agree
that all Americans should have a wide range of choices for affordable health insurance
coverage and Congress needs to address problems such as insurance portability by eliminating
coverage denials for pre-existing conditions. However, based on what I am hearing, I am very
concerned that current reform efforts go well beyond what is necessary to fix what is broken
with our system. Rather than pursuing a carefully targeted set of reforms, it appears to me that
the bills under consideration by Congress will significantly expand the role of the federal
government in all aspects of healthcare, to the detriment of physicians and patients alike.
As you continue to debate the details of healthcare reform legislation, I encourage you to
consider the following:
• • Congress must protect the sacred relationship between patients and their physicians
by adopting reforms that will eliminate insurance company interference and by
decreasing, not increasing, the presence of the government in the patient exam and
operating rooms. I fundamentally oppose ideas such as an Independent Medicare
Commission, which would take Medicare policy decisions out of Congress and place
them in the hands of unelected officials with little accountability for the healthcare
decisions it makes. This kind of structure is an opportunity for a few individuals to
implement sweeping changes to the Medicare program, which is unacceptable.
• • A public health insurance option is simply unnecessary to ensure that individuals have
adequate choice of health plans. There is no question that the inclusion of the public
health insurance option will lead to more and more people being covered by this government
run plan. As some commentators have suggested, the public option is the entire camel under
the tent toward a single-payer, government run healthcare system, which would allow the
government to set benefits and implement rules that could restrict patients’ choice of physician
and limit timely access to quality care.
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• It isn’t healthcare reform, if proven medical liability reform is not part of the package.
Easing the crushing weight of medical liability by adopting reforms such as those in
place in California and Texas will help curb defensive medicine and bring down
healthcare costs.
• Patients should have direct access to, and choice of, specialists without having to go
through a gatekeeper or jump through too many hoops. Direct access to specialty care
equals quality care and health care savings, and delivery system approaches like the
medical home are simply another managed care model that American’s long ago
rejected. Such choice can be achieved if Congress allows patients to privately contract
with their physicians.
• Efforts to promote quality improvement are laudable, but the determination of quality
medical care and best practices must be made by the profession of medicine, not by the
government. Congress should reject proposals that would penalize doctors who do not
participate in Medicare’s physician quality reporting initiative, which in my view does
nothing to measure or improve the quality of care that I provide to my patients.
• Seniors’ timely access to care is jeopardized unless Congress prevents the looming
22% physician payment cut by repealing Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR)
formula and I urge you to reject any short-term “patches” to prevent these cuts. We need
to be rid of the SGR altogether!
• Congress should refrain from financing increased payments for primary care by
across- the-board cuts to all other physicians. While primary care is certainly important
to the foundation of the health care system, we still need a robust specialty care
workforce. Not every disease is preventable; people will still have accidents and develop
conditions that require specialty care treatment. After all, “it is brain surgery” and
Congress must make sure that we have enough doctors of all specialties available well
into the future.
These are a few of the critical issues that I am worried about as you move forward with
landmark legislation that may well change what I believe to be the best healthcare
system in the world. I therefore hope you proceed cautiously so we do not completely
dismantle the system that we have in place today.
Thank you for considering my views. I am happy to speak directly with you or your staff
about these and other healthcare issues at your convenience.
[insert your name]

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