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MLA Advocacy Letter

As part of our ongoing advocacy initiative, the NPAA has developed an online tool designed to assist you in communicating with the elected MLA in your area.

If you support the implementation of a funding model that will allow Nurse Practitioners to provide essential health care services in your community, please complete the following steps:

Step 1: Review the template letter included below.

Step 2: Insert your name, email and location in the fields provided.

Step 3: Select an elected official from the drop down menu. Selecting the drop down menu will reveal the elected official’s electoral district and email address. If you are unsure of your elected official or district, please visit the Elections Alberta Division Maps by clicking here.

Step 4: Click on the ‘Submit’ button to email your custom letter. A copy of the email will be sent to your submitted email address.

MLA Automailer

The Letter Template

[Date]

Honourable _________

423 Legislature Bldg

Edmonton, AB

Canada  T5K 2B6

Dear  [Elected Official Name MLA, for Constituency name],

Congratulations on your recent election to the Alberta Legislative Assembly. I am writing today to discuss Alberta’s Health Care system. As my MLA for (insert Constituency name) I would like to draw your attention to the topic of sustainable healthcare in Alberta. The Nurse Practitioner Association of Alberta and I believe that changes are required to ensure ongoing access to quality healthcare for all Albertans.

Nurse Practitioners(NPs) are expert clinicians who autonomously diagnose and treat illness, order and interpret lab and diagnostic tests, prescribe medication, perform procedures and refer to specialist services. Over 50 years of positive research have demonstrated that NPs provide safe, high quality, and cost-efficient care. NPs achieve equal outcomes in comparison to their physician colleagues and demonstrate fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars.  Despite this, NPs continue to be underutilized in acute, primary, and long-term care. The main barrier to Albertans’ access to NP healthcare services is the lack of a sustainable funding model in Alberta that supports NP implementation in rural areas, community settings, hospitals, home, and long-term care.

The province of Alberta has an opportunity to show leadership and stewardship of healthcare resources by creating a team-based, sustainable funding model that is inclusive of NPs. I look forward to hearing from you and discussing how NPs can be part of an innovative solution to Albertans’ health care concerns.

To learn more about NPs visit the Nurse Practitioner Association of Alberta website at www.albertanps.com. I also encourage you to contact Teddie Tanguay NP, President of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Alberta at president@albertanps.com for additional information.

Kind Regards,

(Your Name)