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Mission and History of the Safe States Alliance        




The Safe States Alliance is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and professional association whose mission is to strengthen the practice of injury and violence prevention.


Our vision is to be the recognized leader and driving force in understanding and preventing injuries and violence.


To advance our mission and vision, the Safe States Alliance engages in activities that include:

  • Increasing awareness of injury and violence throughout the lifespan as a public health problem; 
  • Enhancing the capacity of public health agencies and their partners to ensure effective injury and violence prevention programs by disseminating best practices, setting standards for surveillance, conducting program assessments, and facilitating peer-to-peer technical assistance; 
  • Providing educational opportunities, training, and professional development for those within the injury and violence prevention field; 
  • Collaborating with other national organizations and federal agencies to achieve shared goals; 
  • Advocating for public health policies designed to advance injury and violence prevention;  
  • Convening leaders and serving as the voice of injury and violence prevention programs within state health departments; and
  • Representing the diverse professionals that make up the injury and violence prevention field.


Safe States Alliance embraces four CORE values that shape our organization's culture and help guide decision-making.  These CORE values are:           

  • Collaboration: Fulfilling our mission and building a safer, healthier America requires strong partnerships.  We do our best to ensure a culture of inclusion, openness, and accessibility.                  
  • Optimism: In the face of challenges, we seek to identify and embrace new opportunities.  We believe in using our efforts to achieve the most positive outcomes in all situations.
  • Respect: We value diversity and believe that everyone deserves to be heard and treated equally, honestly, and with empathy.
  • Excellence: We strive for the highest standards of performance by measuring what counts, taking action based on facts, and constantly looking for opportunities for innovation and improvement. 



Formed in 1993, the Safe States Alliance is the only national non-profit organization comprised of public health injury and violence prevention professionals representing all U.S. states and territories.


During the Second World Congress on Injury Prevention and Control, sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, representatives of U.S. state and territory injury prevention programs voted to formally organize the Safe States Alliance (formerly STIPDA) to represent the interests of injury prevention programs at state, territorial, local, and tribal levels.



Click here to download a timeline of the history of Safe States Alliance and other landmarks in injury and violence prevention.


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