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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:


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.











 Advocate: It's Your Right!


Advocate: It's Your Right is a two-page handout summarizing findings from Dr. Shannon Frattaroli, Dr. Keshia Pollack, Jessica Young, and Jon Vernick's study: State Health Department Employees, Policy Advocacy, and Political Campaigns: Protections and Limits Under the Law. This tool is designed to help inform and support member engagement in policy and advocacy efforts.







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.








    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. – 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.



    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.

    [Your Name]

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