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C​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‌‌‌‍​ommunicating Health Risks-2 pages Assignment-BHE226 M3S This assignment entails going through the process of influencing policymakers. While these are direct ways of influencing policymakers by letter writing, there are additional indirect ways that can also achieve your objectives. Some ways are writing a letter to the editor or “Op-Eds.” Make sure to review the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council “Writing Op-Eds and letters to the editor” page to help you complete this assignment. Part 1: • Choose any topic that is related to the category stated in order 82697063- attached • Pick a local newspaper to write to (you can use your hometown paper if you desire). Provide the name of the newspaper and the city. • Write a one-page letter to the editor. Part 2: • Prepare a 1-page infographic on tips for writing a letter to the editor. • Show the advantages of writing a letter to the editor compared to writing letters letter to “raise a concern” and “oppose a position” or “support a positions. Recap: Your assignment should consist of: A one-page letter to the editor and one page infographic on tips/advantages for writing a letter to the editor. Length: 2 pages (excluding the cover page and the reference list). Background Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]. (2011). Gateway to h​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‌‌‌‍​ealth communication & social marketing. Risk communication. Retrieved on August 1, 2016 from https://www.cdc.gov/healthcommunication/risks/index.html Melanson, M. A., Geckle, L. S., & Davidson, B. A. (2012). Risky business: Challenges and successes in military radiation risk communication. U. S. Army Medical Department Journal, July-September, 82-87. ATTACHED NCHEC. (n.d.). Responsibilities and competencies for health education specialists. Retrieved from https://www.nchec.org/responsibilities-and-competencies. Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council. (2016). Advocacy toolbox. Retrieved from https://orc.okstate.edu/content/advocacy-toolbox Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council. (2016). Writing Op-Eds and letters to the editor. Retrieved from https://orc.okstate.edu/writing-op-eds-and-letters-to-the-editor/ Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). (2017). Health education specialist. Retrieved from https://www.sophe.org/careers/health-education-profession Optional Reading 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]. (2017, July 27). Why do adults misuse prescription drugs? Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/rep​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‌‌‌‍​ort_3210/ShortReport-3210.pdf


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