please follow the guidelines and rubric and write a letter to the governor on opioid crisis

– Writing Assignment: Power, Politics, Influence

There is a nationwide opioid crisis. Opioid-related deaths continue to rise, and the use of opioids affects communities large and small. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has issued a position statement related to nursing’s role in addressing this crisis. In 2016, the State of Illinois received two federal grants to support the battle against the opioid crisis. One grant focuses on expanding outpatient methadone treatment centers. The other grant focuses on distributing Naloxone kits to first responders in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will, St. Clair, and Madison counties.

For this assignment, you are asked to write a letter to the Governor of Illinois, urging him to support expanding state funding to support initiatives to combat the opioid crisis. In this letter, acknowledge the benefits that will be realized from the federal funding, and ask the governor to support additional efforts to combat the crisis under other programs. Use the ANA position statement and the report from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) for suggestions. You may need to consult additional resources as needed.

*This assignment will not be formally submitted to the Governor. Rather, the purpose of this assignment is to provide students with an opportunity to voice their concerns, opinions to a Government leader while becoming active participants in Government.

Your grade will be based on: (refer to rubric)

The persuasiveness of your letter

The quality and format of the document (grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.)

Typewritten letter using 12 point Times-Roman, double-spaced, between 1-2 (maximum) pages using the template provided below:

The Honorable __________________

Governor of the State of Illinois

207 State House

Springfield, IL 62706

Sincerely,

rubric

Superior – 5

Poor – 2

Unsatisfactory – 0

Score

Factual Information

Used three or more facts to provide evidence to Governor

Used one to two facts to provide evidence to governor

Did not present facts to provide evidence to Governor

Persuasiveness

Urged support for state funding & initiative support. Uses ANA position statement as well as additional resources to support

Used only the ANA statement to persuade

Did not utilize the ANA position statement or any additional facts to persuade

Quality & Format

Uses proper font (12-point Times-Roman), format, spelling, grammar, punctuation, double spacing & use of template

Attempts to use proper letter writing techniques

No attempt to use proper letter writing techniques

The letter to the Governor is an individual grade. Each student may receive up to 5 points for the quality of the letter per the rubric.

AND LINKS TO REFER TO

Read the following information from the
American Nurses Association to help you complete your letter. Follow the letter to the editor strategies in the
ANA Advocacy Toolkit to help you complete your letter.