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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.

 


 

 

Advocacy Alert - December 4, 2019

 Contact Your Members of Congress in Support of the FY20 House Labor, Health & Human Services, & Education Appropriations Bill

 

Contact your Senators and Representative TODAY to urge their support for the funding levels in the FY 2020 House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)!

 

Members of Congress are negotiating the differences in the House and Senate FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation bills. It is imperative they hear from you, their constituent, in support of the NCIPC funding levels contained in the House bill.

 

The House passed its FY 2020 funding bill for the NCIPC earlier this summer, which proposes an increase of roughly $50 million for the agency’s budget. The Senate subsequently released a draft of its bill, which contains a more limited funding increase of $15 million. As a result, the final FY 2020 funding increase for NCIPC may fall somewhere between $15 million and $50 million.

 

The specific increases contained in the House bill are:
  • $2 million for child sexual abuse prevention
  • $2 million for Injury Control Research Centers
  • $10 million for rape prevention
  • $10 million for suicide prevention
  • $25 million for firearm injury and mortality prevention research
  • $2 million for the National Violent Death Reporting System
  • $1 million for elderly falls prevention
  • $2 million for drowning prevention
Safe States is working to build support for the funding levels contained in the House-passed bill and we need your support! Please contact your Senators and Representative today to urge that they support the funding levels in the FY 2020 House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill.

 

To make this as easy as possible, use the sample email and access contact information for your elected officials below. Please be sure to customize the letter based on your specific work and areas of interest. For assistance in contacting congressional staff, please contact Paul Bonta, Safe States Director of Government Relations at Paul.Bonta@safestates.org.

 


Sample Email (please feel free to personalize)

 

Heading:  Please support House funding for the CDC’s Injury Center

 

I am a constituent from (city/state) and I ask that you support the funding levels in the FY 2020 House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC).

 

While we have proven and effective injury and violence prevention programs here in our community, more must be done to strengthen our investment in efforts to prevent injuries and violence, which represent the leading cause of death for children and adults between the ages of 1 and 45. The House bill does just that with an allocation that infuses roughly $50 million new dollars in the NCIPC’s FY 2020 budget.

 

The increases contained in the House include:

  • $2 million for child sexual abuse prevention
  • $2 million for Injury Control Research Centers
  • $10 million for rape prevention
  • $10 million for suicide prevention
  • $25 million for firearm injury and mortality prevention research
  • $2 million for the National Violent Death Reporting System
  • $1 million for elderly falls prevention
  • $2 million for drowning prevention

 

Deaths from injuries and violence can be prevented. Please help prevent these deaths by working with conferees to support the funding levels in the FY 2020 House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill for the CDC’s NCIPC. 

 

Sincerely,  

 


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:

 

Safe States Congressional Priorities for the 116th Congress

The Safe States Alliance’s Congressional priorities reflect the interests and expertise of professionals on the front-lines of injury and violence prevention in states and communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 info@safestates.org to request additional resources.

     

    State Injury Programs

    (Core VIPP) Overview 

    State Profile Template

     State Profile Example  

         
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    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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Infographic on Injury and Violence Prevention

    This infographic describes and visualizes data on the burden of injuries and violence and presents returns on investment (ROI) for specific injury and violence prevention interventions.




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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. LawAtlas.org – 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. LawAtlas.org provides free, open access to all maps and datasets.

     

     


    August Recess - Template Email 

     

    Dear Senator [Last Name]:

    I am a constituent from [Insert city and state] and I urge that you contact the Senate Appropriations Committee to request that they provide the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) with $10 million in FY 2020 to support suicide prevention efforts specifically through the Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (SVIPP) and $3 million in new funding to expand the Injury Control Research Center (ICRC) network.

    The Core SVIPP funding mechanism is uniquely positioned to absorb $10 million in new funding and Core SVIPP funded states already have the infrastructure in place to facilitate the design and implementation of evidence-based suicide prevention programs.  Additionally, expanding the ICRC network will allow an expansion of the injury and violence prevention research agenda for the fist time in over a decade.


    Injuries and violence affect everyone and are the leading cause of death for children and adults between the ages of one and 45.  With an annual medical and work loss cost of $671 billion, much more must be done to advance injury and violence prevention efforts.  Please contact the Senate Appropriations Committee today to urge that they provide the NCIPC with $10 million in FY 2020 to support suicide prevention efforts specifically through the Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (SVIPP) and $3 million in new funding to expand the Injury Control Research Center (ICRC) network.

    Sincerely,
    [Your Name]



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