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Take action:  Write your MEMBER OF CONGRESS


Writing a letter to your U.S. Senator or Representative can have a huge impact. Letters from constituents like you can encourage Members of Congress to support increased and more effective aid to meet global health challenges.

Writing a letter to your U.S. Senator or Representative can have a huge impact. Letters from constituents like you can encourage Members of Congress to support increased and more effective aid to meet global health challenges.

How to write an effective email to your MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Most emails are very concise. Here are some tips:

  1. Address your email to the Legislative Assistant (LA) who covers foreign affairs for your Member of Congress. Paste your message into the contact form on their website, putting "attn (staffer's name)" at the top. You can find the number of the DC office on their website, call, and ask for the name of the staffer that deals with foreign affairs.

  2. Summarize your request in the subject line e.g. "Take the lead on increasing funding for global TB."

  3. Introduce yourself as a constituent and thank them for some legislative action if you can.

  4. Tell them what you are asking them to do. 

  5. Say very briefly why this is something that needs doing and why it matters to you.  If you have a personal experience with the issue, share it!

  6. Sign with your name and address.

Click here for sample templates and a list of the current Members of Congress serving on SFOPS!

This picture shows the same tuberculosis patient at the time of her diagnosis (left side) and at the time of discharge. Photo: St. Thomas Home CC BY

This picture shows the same tuberculosis patient at the time of her diagnosis (left side) and at the time of discharge. Photo: St. Thomas Home CC BY