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1102 Springfield Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
April 25, 2006
American Heart Association
Columbus, Ohio
Job Code: ADV-OH-AHA
Dear Sir or Madam:
Please accept my application for the Advocacy Director position in the Columbus, Ohio office advertised on your
website. I will graduate from the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University in May of 2006 with a
Master of Science in Public Policy and Management, concentrating in Health and Welfare Policy and Management.
My experiences and education, combined with my career aspirations, position me to help achieve the mission and
goals of the American Heart Association.
Over the last four years, I have dedicated my work and studies to the research of health policies that deal with the
access to and funding for underserved populations’ health and welfare programs. Through my experiences, I have
gained a comprehensive working knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid, universal health coverage, electronic medical
records, smoking cessation programs, and many other health issues and the political debates surrounding them. My
qualifications are built on a solid foundation of classroom skills and real-world experiences. The skills I have acquired
leave me poised for a career in advocacy. I feel confident that with this background I will be able to face any
challenges as Advocacy Director with the strength and resolve to accomplish the goals of the American Heart
This past summer during my internship with Consumer Health Coalition, I had an opportunity to help organize a
grassroots consumer advocacy campaign against a $300 million cut to Pennsylvania’s Medicaid budget. A network of
non-profit organizations, lead by Consumer Health Coalition, devoted themselves to an extensive lobbying effort. The
team at Consumer Health Coalition and I recruited Medicaid beneficiaries as consumer advocates and extensively
researched alternatives to budget cuts. We also facilitated local press conferences with consumer advocates who spoke
of the devastating effects that reduced health services would have on their lives. I attended the legislative meetings
with the Medicaid beneficiaries in Harrisburg, PA; and after they presented their stories, I discussed funding
alternatives for Medicaid with the legislators. Our proposed alternative funding included increasing taxes on tobacco
products, which is a portion of the advocacy work that the American Heart Association pursues. I thoroughly reviewed
the Campaign for Smoke Free Kids literature during my research. Our efforts resulted in a reduction of the proposed
cuts to $130 million; this was seen as a tremendous success. The American Heart Association campaign against
tobacco products is extremely comprehensive; and I am excited about furthering all of the American Heart
Association’s efforts for increased funding support and research on cardiovascular diseases.
My thorough knowledge of the American Heart Association’s mission and my commitment to a career in consumer
advocacy is evidence of my future success as Advocacy Director. I am available to meet with you in Columbus at
anytime. I can be reached at (412) 123-4567, or via email at Thank you very much for your
consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Laura Dorn
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