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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 Safe States 2018 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 will receive extensive 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:

  • Intensive 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 Meeting 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:

  • Attend the Safe States Annual Meeting;
  • Participate in Safe States’ Policy Committee calls and meetings;

  • Attend bimonthly 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 (travel support provided);

  • Disseminate legislative alerts to in-state partners and stakeholders;

  • Send communications to elected officials during select intervals of the legislative process;

  • Actively participate in the Safe States Grassroots Action Inspiration Network Facebook Group; and


Safe States Policy Fellows

We are proud to introduce the 2018-2019, Cohort 2 Policy Fellows:

  • Ashley Bush, Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center
  • Mary Ann Contreras, JPS Health Network
  • Will Hitchcock, Washington State Department of Health & Safe Kids Washington
  • Karis Schoellmann, Louisiana Department of Health
  • Mandy Slag, North Dakota Department of Health


Interested in Participating?

Please check back in the spring of 2019 for details on the 2020 cohort.

A new class of approximately six fellows is chosen each year. We encourage all interested members to apply. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Bonta



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