AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Letter Signing to President Bush and Senator Clinton
Project type(s) Other
Date completed 11/2006
Chapter University of Rochester Medical Center SOM & Dentistry
Project Coordinator Dave Wilson
Summary of project For Mon. and Tues. of World AIDS Week, we set up a table in the student lounge during lunch. We had students sign letters that we had written. One was written to President Bush requesting that he put forth a $5 billion health care worker initiative for increasing the number of workers in sub-saharan Africa. The other letter was to Senator Clinton thanking her for her work with the Ryan White Care act and also asking that she write a letter to the white house asking that he put forth a the health care worker initiative. We had red ribbons available to those who signed letters. Nearly 100 letters were signed to Clinton, and 100 letters to President Bush. We also had 6 physicians sign the letters as well. We delivered the letters in person to a staffer from Senator Clinton's office at a rally we held on Nov. 29th. We mailed the letters to President Bush that day as well. We also made an announcement about the letters in between classes for people to sign the letters.

Content area HIV/AIDS
Number of participants 10
Participant hours involved 10 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $5
Project funding Local chapter funds
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising We sent out e-mails, flyers, and made announcements during class. It worked well, but we felt like we could have gotten more if we have more time to do tabling.
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions The letter writing went great. We realized that people didn't need a ribbon as an incentive to sign a letter. We also realized that we needed to tell people to give their address when they signed the letter for the office to count it as legitimate. We proably could have gotten more signatures if we did tabling and announcements for more days.