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There is a role for everyone in educating and working with policymakers. The resources below are available to assist you in lending your voice to injury and violence prevention policy efforts.


Advocacy Alert!! - February 21, 2018

The time is now – the injury and violence prevention community can influence the allocation of $6 billion to support injury and violence prevention programs!


The latest continuing resolution (CR) adopted by Congress on February 9th includes an extra $6 billion to address the opioid epidemic. However, lawmakers left it up to appropriators to determine how best to allocate the funds across government agencies and programs.


Join your colleagues today in exercising the voice of the injury and violence prevention community to make sure dollars are allocated to prevention programs. Sample materials and contact information are provided below.



Sample Email on Opioid Prevention

Heading:  Funding for opioid prevention in addition to treatment!


Sample email:

I am a constituent from (city/state), I urge that you support a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic by allocating the $6 billion in the recent continuing resolution (CR) for both opioid overdose treatment and prevention efforts. 


Today, prevention-focused programs are already being administered by the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Programs such as the Opioid Prevention in States (comprised of Prevention for States, Data-Driven Prevention Initiative, and Enhanced State Surveillance of Opioid-Involved Morbidity and Mortality), Injury Control Research Centers, and the Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (Core SVIPP) are well positioned to broaden and strengthen our initial opioid overdose prevention work. These programs provide direct support to states and in many cases are designed to assist with the design and implementation of targeted community-level responses to this epidemic.


Please use funds in the CR to support opioid overdose and abuse prevention programs at the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control! I would be happy to discuss these prevention programs in more detail should that be helpful.





Find Your Representatives

Not sure who your current Congressman or Senator is? Use the following links to find up-to-date contact information for the individuals representing your community:


"Making the Most of August Recess" Webinar - Opportunities

for Injury and Violence Professionals

Your expertise is critical to the public policy process. This recorded webinar highlights easy steps for lending your voice to injury and violence prevention efforts during the August recess - and beyond. Safe States staff and members share helpful tips, best practices, and lessons learned in this one hour recording.


Customizable Tools for Meeting with Representatives

    Once you are ready to meet with your representative, prepare succinct, clear materials to share your key messages. Below are a series of customizable resources that feature priority policy issues (versions with and without funding requests), and a template to complete with your state's overview.


    Don't see a resource for your particular topic of interest? Safe States can help! Email to request additional resources.


    Safe States Alliance FY16 Priority Area Overview  State Injury Programs (Core VIPP) Overview 
    NVDRS Overview  

     State Profile Template   State Profile Example 


    Comprehensive Congressional Outreach Guide


    Want to know more? This comprehensive guide is intended help you understand the process and provide ideas to help you communicate effectively with federal policymakers. As you do so, we also encourage you to learn about your agency or organization’s policies and follow the rules as expressed by your state’s ethics office.


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