Great news! Postcards to Doctors has relaunched as of today, October 1! You can now request new postcards and addresses here. If you requested postcards or addresses during the month of September, we’ve resumed generating addresses and sending postcards as of today, and you should receive yours within the next few weeks. Want to learn more about the process? Check out the Postcards Landing Page by clicking here.
With such an amazing turnout for our initial launch, we’ve set a target goal of 6,000 total postcards by the end of the calendar year. If you have already requested, received, and sent postcards during our initial launch you are welcome to submit a second request for postcards. Let’s keep this momentum going!
Read on for more, or head directly to our request page:
The story so far:
#MEAction launched Postcards to Doctors, a medical education campaign in which we sent beautifully-designed, handwritten postcards to doctors throughout the United States to encourage them to take the Unrest medical education for myalgic encephalomyelitis!
Postcards to Doctors requested art submissions for the postcards in June, announced our art winners in July, and launched Postcards to Doctors in August. More than 150 advocates requested just under 3,500 postcards just in the month of August! #MEAction generated addresses for over 3,000 clinicians across the country using software built for the purpose.
Studies show that handwritten notes and letters have a far greater impact than emails or printed documents. In medicine, this personalization is more important than ever, showing that we are more than just a set of symptoms. There is a crisis of clinical education in ME, and this allows us to reach out our hand as individuals and as a community to make a real, tangible difference.
Where are your postcards?
Your postcards have been all across the country!
Click on the map to zoom in and see if your state, county, and neighborhood has been well-represented so far.
California has sent the greatest number of postcards. Go, California! Arizona and New York are our runners up so far.
California and New York have a very high population, so we also have data on which states have been most active in comparison to their state populations:
Utah, Vermont and Arizona have been working the hardest in proportion to their state populations! Amazing work, everyone!
You may have noticed that the following states don’t have any postcards, yet:
If your home state is on this list, we hope you’ll consider ordering some postcards and addresses and encouraging friends to do so as well.
We would like to give a special shoutout to those groups have hosted Postcard Parties; this is a great way to support this outreach initiative while meeting new members of your community. Keep your eyes out for an article on how to host a successful Postcard Party!
Who has your postcards?
#MEAction has been working hard to ensure that clinicians in diverse areas are receiving postcards. We are also doing work to ensure that we’re reaching out to both high and low income areas and urban and rural areas, so that everyone with ME, no matter where they are, can receive quality care from their clinicians.
We’re writing a second program to analyze the addresses we sent so far, and we’ll be reporting back regarding the demographics of this outreach initiative.
We could not have done it without you.
Projects of this size can only flourish with the hard work of volunteers like you. If you can write a few postcards, or would like to host a Postcard Party, order your postcards and addresses today! You’ll receive them soon.
And if you like projects like this and want to see this hard work continue, please consider donating to support the project!
Searching for more information? Check out the Postcards Landing Page!