The Session Long Project entails you going through the process of influencing policymakers. Review the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council Advocacy Toolbox. Read the “Writing to government officials or lobbyists” and the “Raising a Concern” sample letter. Additionally, read the “Finding and using data” article for this assignment.
The health topic for this Session Long Project will focus on Prescription Drug Misuse/Abuse.
- Choosea any topic that is related to the category stated above. Choose whether you will advocate for change at the local, state, or national level.
- For this SLP assignment, you will be writing to “raise a concern.”
- Choose three key elements from “Finding and using data” page and discuss how these elements relate to influencing policymakers (one paragraph).
- Write a one-page letter that encompasses the information from the above 3 bullets (on “raise a concern”).
Note: The first page addresses bullets 1–3. The second page is a one-page letter on “raising a concern” and encompasses the information from questions 1–3 (see sample letters for guidance). Your letter must be on a topic related to the category stated above and must be directed toward the local, state, OR federal level.
Length: 2 pages (excluding the cover page and the reference list).
File format: Your work should be prepared using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or Excel depending upon the assignment instructions. For assignments requiring video or voice recordings, use media formats that are supported by MyTLC Courses as noted in our Trident Support page.
In-text citations and references: Be sure that all information and ideas in your papers are supported by in-text citations and corresponding references at the end of the paper.
Scholarly sources: Online sources must be limited to credible professional and scholarly publications such as peer-reviewed journal articles, e-books, or specific webpages on websites from a university, government, or nonprofit organization (these have extensions .edu, .gov, or .org). Presenting consumer sources such as e-magazines, newspapers, Wikipedia, WebMD, or other commercial websites (these have extensions .com) as references is not appropriate.
Scholarly writing: Use an academic paper format, not an essay based on your opinions or experience. Avoid using the first person in writing. Synthesize what you learned from the sources you read; write papers in your own words; and cite sources within the text, as well as include a properly formatted reference list.
Use of your own words: Your paper should be written in your own words to enable faculty to assess your level of understanding. Avoid the use of direct quotes. Only use direct quotes when preserving the exact words of an author is necessary. In the rare instance that directly quoted material is used, it must be properly cited (with quotation marks and page numbers in the in-text citation); quotes should not exceed 5-10% of the total paper content.
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National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). (2017). Areas of responsibility for health education specialist 2015. Retrieved from https://www.nchec.org/assets/2251/hespa_competencies.pdf
Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council. (2016). Advocacy toolbox. Retrieved from https://orc.okstate.edu/content/advocacy-toolbox
Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council. (2016). Writing to government officials or lobbyists. Retrieved from https://orc.okstate.edu/content/writing-government-officials-or-lobbyists
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]. (2015). Prescription drugs. Accessed at https://www.cdc.gov/phlp/publications/topic/prescription.html
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA]. (2015). Prescription drug misuse and abuse. Accessed at https://www.samhsa.gov/prescription-drug-misuse-abuse