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There is a role for everyone in educating and working with policymakers. The Safe States Alliance periodically issues advocacy alerts when there is an opportunity for members to reach out to their elected officials to educate them about the critical needs and importance of injury and violence prevention programs in the United States.



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March 20, 2020

Offices on the Hill may be closing to the public, but you can still reach staffers by email. Join us and show support for increased funding to support injury and violence prevention programs.

Sen. Brian Schatz, our champion in the Senate, is circulating a letter to his colleagues urging that they sign on in support of expanding the Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (SVIPP). The letter, addressed to the Senate Appropriations Committee, presents a unique opportunity to demonstrate broad support for injury and violence prevention programs.
Please contact both of your Senators TODAY to urge that they sign-on to expand the level of support to current Core SVIPP grantees, while allowing the nationwide expansion of the program.
Getting as as many Senators as possible to sign the letter is the only way to demonstrate broad support for expanding the Core SVIPP.
To make this as easy as possible, use the sample email and find contact information for your elected officials on Safe States Policy Tools page. Please be sure to customize the letter based on your specific work and areas of interest.
The deadline to sign-on has been extended to 5:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 so please act now! For assistance in contacting congressional staff, please contact Paul Bonta, Safe States Director of Government Relations at
And if you are unsure about your ability to respond to this action alert and engage in advocacy, we encourage you to review our recent publication: Advocate: It's Your Right. This resource outlines the rights of state health department employees to participate in policy and advocacy activities.



Sample Email (please feel free to personalize):

Subject:  Please sign “Dear Colleague” letter to expand injury and violence prevention program


I am a constituent from (city/state), and I urge that you sign a “Dear Colleague” letter led by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) calling for expansion of CDC’s Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (SVIPP).


Unfortunately, the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control does not have sufficient funding to support a Core SVIPP program in each state and U.S. territory.  The goal is to expand current funding to Core SVIPP grantees, while expanding each program to additional states. Core SVIPP funds provide support and technical assistance to states as they work to implement tailored programs and strategies aimed at preventing injuries and violence.

To sign the Core SVIPP letter please contact Meghan O’Toole in Sen. Schatz’s office at Meghan_O’ The sign-on deadline has been extended to March 24th.





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