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Safe States Policy Tools & Materials


There is a role for everyone in educating and working with policymakers. The resources below are available to assist you in lending your voice to injury and violence prevention policy efforts.




Find Your Representatives

Not sure who your current Congressman or Senator is? Use the following links to find up-to-date contact information for the individuals representing your community:


Sample Email: Support for FY 2019 House Appropriations Bill

Heading:  Please support the House FY 2019 Labor, HHS and Education Approps bill

Sample email:

I am a constituent from (city/state), and I ask that as you work to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill, you support the House proposed funding level for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.


The House bill allocates an additional $40 million for Opioid Overdose Prevention and Surveillance and $2 million to expand support for Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs).  As you know, opioid overdose deaths continue to plaque communities across the country and we must strengthen our focus on primary prevention efforts if we expect to alter the epidemic’s continued upward trajectory.


Additionally, ICRC’s are playing a significant role in addressing the opioid overdose epidemic.  ICRCs are leading efforts nationwide to combat the opioid epidemic through collaborations with law enforcement and health delivery systems to prevent overdose, including implementation of surveillance efforts that identify hot spots of activity and development of medication assisted therapy treatment programs to reduce relapse.  An infusion of an additional $2 million will allow the CDC to support ICRCs that are currently deemed “approved but not funded” due to lack of available funds.


As an injury and violence prevention professional, I can state unequivocally that these funds are sorely needed and will have a direct impact on the communities you represent.  Please feel free to contact me directly should you have any questions or want to discuss this further.



Your Name



"Making the Most of August Recess" Webinar - Opportunities

for Injury and Violence Professionals

Your expertise is critical to the public policy process. This recorded webinar highlights easy steps for lending your voice to injury and violence prevention efforts during the August recess - and beyond. Safe States staff and members share helpful tips, best practices, and lessons learned in this one hour recording.


Customizable Tools for Meeting with Representatives

    Once you are ready to meet with your representative, prepare succinct, clear materials to share your key messages. Below are a series of customizable resources that feature priority policy issues (versions with and without funding requests), and a template to complete with your state's overview.


    Don't see a resource for your particular topic of interest? Safe States can help! Email to request additional resources.


    State Injury Programs

    (Core VIPP) Overview 

    State Profile Template

     State Profile Example  

    •  Version with Funding Request



    Comprehensive Congressional Outreach Guide


    This comprehensive guide is intended help you understand the process and provide ideas to help you communicate effectively with federal policymakers. As you do so, we also encourage you to learn about your agency or organization’s policies and follow the rules as expressed by your state’s ethics office.



    LawAtlas: Temple University's Policy Surveillance Program

    Tracking the characteristics of laws, where laws have been adopted, and trends in laws (often called “policy surveillance”) can help to promote accountability and define policy momentum. – home to Temple University's Policy Surveillance Program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  is a resource for the systematic collection, measurement, and display of statutes, regulations, court decisions, and other legal policies that matter to health. provides free, open access to all maps and datasets. 

    Additional Advocacy Resources

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