The purpose of this memo is to inform your member of Congress on a specific policy issue (2 pages). Choose from the list of topics one health policy issue you are interested in and want to know more about.
For additional details, refer to the Health Policy Memo Instructions.
Paper Comments Politics is the practice of influencing others. It often has a negative connotation but in fact the political process can be used to benefit not only our profession but our patients. Policy development is also important; the more we know about and understand the process the better situated we are to impact it.
This week we will examine the influence of how health policy changes impact healthcare delivery and health outcomes. Particularly during an election cycle it is essential for us to be aware of the views of those seeking election and how they could potentially impact how we do our work. The American Nurses Association has its position statements available to the public (you don’t need to be a member to read them) at.http://nursingworld.org/positionstatements. Many state nursing associations and legislative websites also contain information regarding health care policy.
Even a small step such as writing a letter or sending an email in support of or opposition to a policy or law can make a difference. The assignment this week is a great way to “warm up” to such action. You will be writing a memo about a specific health policy issue that interests you as if you will be sending it to one of your Congressional representatives. You don’t need to actually send it according to the assignment requirements but there isn’t anything preventing you from doing so!