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IVP Policy Fellowship Program


"A prime opportunity exists to educate new policymakers about the impact injury and violence prevention programs have on communities across the country. The best way to capitalize on this opportunity is for those who work in the field to directly engage in the policy making process. You are best positioned to communicate why injury and violence prevention works.”  - Paul Bonta, Safe States Director of Government Relations




Photo: IVP Policy Fellows and staff attending the IVPN 2020 Hill Day



About the Policy Fellows Program

The Safe States Alliance Injury and Violence Prevention Policy Fellowship is a one-year virtual program designed to strengthen and expand injury and violence prevention policy leadership at the local, state, and federal levels. The purpose of the Policy Fellow Program is to support the implementation of Safe States Alliance’s strategic map by engaging members and supporting advocacy and policy making. Program participants receive training, technical assistance, and peer-based support aimed to increase skills and self-confidence to educate policymakers at the local, state, and national levels in support injury and violence prevention.  


Fellowship Benefits

Safe States Policy Fellows receive the following benefits from participation in the program:

  • Policy training and technical assistance;
  • New connections and broadened networks within the Safe States membership and with local, state and federal policymakers;
  • National recognition as a Safe States Alliance Policy Fellow;
  • Opportunities for professional development through new experiences, skills, and networking;
  • Travel support to attend the Safe States Alliance Annual Conference and annual Hill Day; and
  • Eligibility to join the Safe States Policy Fellows Alumni Association at the completion of the fellowship.


Fellowship Requirements

Safe States Policy Fellows are expected to be actively engaged throughout the year long program. Current program activities include:

  • Must be a current member of Safe States in good standing
  • Attend the Safe States 2019 Annual Conference (September 11-13, 2019, travel support provided)
  • Participate in Safe States’ Policy Committee calls and meetings
  • Attend bimonthly Policy Fellow conference calls and educational webinars
  • Meet with elected officials in-state during legislative recesses and during the Safe States annual Hill Day in Washington, DC in support of injury and violence prevention programs administered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Spring 2020, travel support provided)
  • Disseminate legislative alerts to in-state partners and stakeholders
  • Send communications to elected officials during select intervals of the legislative process


Safe States Policy Fellows

Safe States welcomed the following individuals as part of the 2019-2020, Cohort 3 Policy Fellows in September 2019:

  • Paige Andrews, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Kristi Ladowski, Stony Brook University Hospital Trauma Center
  • Lindsay Pollok, Dell Children's Medical Center
  • Peggy Reisher, Brain Injury Alliance
  • Leah Wentworth, The State University of New York

Meet all current and past fellows here.


Interested in Participating?

The application period for the 2020 cohort is now closed.

A new class of approximately five fellows is chosen each year. Please check back in the spring of 2020 for 2021 application info.If you have any questions, please contact Paul Bonta



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