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An advocacy letter should contain the following elements:

1. Specific nature of the problem.

2. The rule, law, or requirement involved (if known).

3. Description of how the specific problem and the applicable rule relate to patient's condition.

4. Specific consequences of the diagnosis (e.g., ER visits).

5. Request for action.

Dear Landlord:

I am writing to request that you fix the leaky radiator pipes in Jane Smith's apartment. Jane is my patient and lives at 123 Moldy Way. Jane is asthmatic and allergic to molds.

A Board of Health inspection found mold in the bedroom. The inspector found that the leaky pipes caused the mold. Jane's asthma is worsened by her allergy to mold. Mold can cause a restriction of her airways, which can lead to hospitalization or death.

The Board of Health requires that all leased housing be free of chronic dampness. This apartment is not free of chronic dampness. The mold in the apartment, therefore, violates the law against chronic dampness in addition to significantly worsening Jane's health.

I request that you immediately remedy this problem by fixing the leaky radiators. Please contact me at (XXX) XXX-XXXX if you have any questions. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Dr. Joan Pediatrician

cc: Family

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