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Date: 2019-07-18
Dear {first name} {last name},
I am a constituent writing to you to draw your attention to a document that is very important to me.  It is Skin Deep: A Report Card on Access to Dermatological Care and Treatment in Canada – 2012, developed by the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance (CSPA).

Please take a moment to insert a brief paragraph about your personal story and how you are connected to skin conditions.  In doing so, you may want to consider the following questions:

  • How have skin conditions affected your life?
  • Why do you think this Report Card is important for people with skin conditions i.e. because the needs of people with skin conditions are not being met in Canada


 

Although many may think that skin conditions are just “skin deep,” they can have a huge impact on quality of life for skin patients, their families, friends and employers.  The Report Card represents a snapshot of just some of the issues that affect many patients and was born out of a need to understand where the gaps are in access to dermatological care.  The results have created a platform from which the CSPA can advocate for patients where it is needed most and patients can communicate directly with their elected representatives in a focused and productive way.  
Given that there are well over 3,000 skin diseases, and approximately one third of the population of Canada grapples with a skin condition, disease or trauma at any given time, it is safe to say that all Canadians are, have been or will be affected by skin issues.  Therefore, any gaps in dermatological care will have a significant negative impact, not only on our individual lives but also on our province’s economic and social well-being.

To help ensure this important CSPA initiative gets the attention it deserves, I am requesting that you write a letter to the provincial Minister of Health, on my behalf, asking that the recommendations outlined by the Report Card be immediately implemented in province.

Thank you for your consideration and support of people with skin disease.  I look forward to receiving a copy of your correspondence to the province’s province.

Sincerely,
{Your name}
 

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