Audience and Purpose
Your letter will serve to demonstrate your understanding of the complexities of healthcare
delivery as it relates to your profession or intended practice. The purpose of this letter is to bring
attention to a current topic that affects the health care professions and the population in general.
Your audience for the letter is the president of the United States, or your senator or your congress
This is not a research paper but should use what you learned this semester. It is a letter where
you are trying to persuade or influence the legislator or President.
Parts of the letter
The purpose of the letter is: present a short summation of the issue/issues, overview of what you
will present on the issues. Be brief no more than a paragraph.
You will provide the context – this could include your practice (Nursing, Dental Hygiene, etc.).
What is happening in care today that necessitates something to be changed? What is the
background information that makes this letter, and the information you are presenting important?
Presentation of Facts Under Consideration – Discussion
Include information that supports your argument and analysis of the problems with the health
care system. Then move onto your suggestions for improving the system.
• Start with general information and move to the more complex
• Present only what is needed to understand, resist adding superfluous information
• Be clear and concise with your wording
• If you are struggling that means your opening statement and the context are unclear…refine
• You will have multiple paragraphs – each should break apart a major consideration leading to
your key findings
• Remember this is the section where you persuade the reader
The final segment will be your summary, in a few sentences related the opening, the context, and
the discussion to the ultimate point. This is short, but it must also be effective.
• Times New Roman 12-point font
• 4-6 pages
• No cover page
• Business writing – that means clear and concise, relatively little jargon
• New paragraphs are new lines, not indented
• Do not copy and paste. Your assignment will be submitted through Turn-it-in to check for
plagiarism. You must cite references in the letter if you are taking materials (i.e. when
paraphrasing and/or quoting mention the source)
• If you are using abbreviations or acronyms, write the complete name the first time you mention
• You may use lists, bullets, etc. but they must be relevant and convey information that is useful,
not just take up space