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April 3, 2018


Support Core SVIPP - Senate "Dear Colleague" Letter Now Circulating


Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) is circulating a letter to his colleagues in the U.S. Senate urging they join him in calling for greater flexibility for CDC’s Core State Injury and Violence Prevention Program (SVIPP) so states can truly focus on their greatest injury and violence prevention needs! This is a companion letter to the "Dear Colleague" letter Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) circulated in the U.S. House of Representatives just a few weeks ago.


Unfortunately, CDC has narrowed the focus of Core SVIPP to only the following four areas:

  • motor vehicle injury prevention,
  • youth sports concussion and traumatic brain injury,
  • child abuse and neglect, and
  • sexual violence and intimate partner violence.

These restrictions hinder decision-making at the state level and act as a barrier for states with injury and violence prevention needs outside CDC’s four areas of focus.


Please contact your two Senators in Washington TODAY to urge that he/she sign Sen. Schatz’s “Dear Colleague” letter. Safe States has prepared a sample email and information on how to contact your Senator's office.


The deadline to sign-on is April 10th!


For assistance in contacting the appropriate staff in your Senators’ office, please contact Paul Bonta, Safe States Director of Government Affairs at

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