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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 - March 20, 2020

Offices on the Hill may be closing to the public, but you can still reach staffers by email. Join us and show support for increased funding to support injury and violence prevention programs.
Sen. Brian Schatz, our champion in the Senate, is circulating a letter to his colleagues urging that they sign on in support of expanding the Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (SVIPP). The letter, addressed to the Senate Appropriations Committee, presents a unique opportunity to demonstrate broad support for injury and violence prevention programs.
Please contact both of your Senators TODAY to urge that they sign-on to expand the level of support to current Core SVIPP grantees, while allowing the nationwide expansion of the program.
Getting as as many Senators as possible to sign the letter is the only way to demonstrate broad support for expanding the Core SVIPP.
To make this as easy as possible, use the sample email and find contact information for your elected officials on Safe States Policy Tools page. Please be sure to customize the letter based on your specific work and areas of interest.
The deadline to sign-on has been extended to 5:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 so please act now! For assistance in contacting congressional staff, please contact Paul Bonta, Safe States Director of Government Relations at
And if you are unsure about your ability to respond to this action alert and engage in advocacy, we encourage you to review our recent publication: Advocate: It's Your Right. This resource outlines the rights of state health department employees to participate in policy and advocacy activities.

Sample Email (please feel free to personalize):

Subject:  Please sign “Dear Colleague” letter to expand injury and violence prevention program

I am a constituent from (city/state), and I urge that you sign a “Dear Colleague” letter led by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) calling for expansion of CDC’s Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (SVIPP).


Unfortunately, the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control does not have sufficient funding to support a Core SVIPP program in each state and U.S. territory.  The goal is to expand current funding to Core SVIPP grantees, while expanding each program to additional states. Core SVIPP funds provide support and technical assistance to states as they work to implement tailored programs and strategies aimed at preventing injuries and violence.

To sign the Core SVIPP letter please contact Meghan O’Toole in Sen. Schatz’s office at Meghan_O’ The sign-on deadline has been extended to March 24th.




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:


Download Policy Resources

A variety of policy resources are available for you to download below. Don't see a resource for your particular topic or need? Safe States can help! Email to make a request.



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 outlines the rights of state health department employees to participate in policy and advocacy activities.


It summarizes findings from a study conducted by Dr. Shannon Frattaroli, Dr. Keshia Pollack, Jessica Young, and Jon Vernick, entitled,  State Health Department Employees, Policy Advocacy, and Political Campaigns: Protections and Limits Under the Law.



Save Lives & Money:

Invest in Injury and

Violence  Prevention


Save Lives & Money: Invest in Injury and Violence Prevention is a two-page infographic that conveys the societal costs of injuries and violence and the many savings and returns on investment (ROI) that prevention efforts can provide.


 FY2021 Federal Funding

Priorities for Injury and

Violence Prevention

The FY2021 Federal Funding Priorities calls on the federal government to prioritize injury and violence prevention to save American lives and reduce cost by expanding and strengthening state prevention capacity, unintentional injury prevention and violence prevention efforts in FY2021.



Congressional Outreach

Guide: Meeting with Your

Congressional Delegation

at Home 

The Congressional Outreach Guide was developed to describe the Congressional outreach process and help you communicate effectively with federal policymakers. We encourage you to learn about your agency or organization’s policies and follow the rules as expressed by your state’s ethics office.



Customizable Tools for Meeting with Representatives

    Coming Soon! Please check back for new customizable materials for your educational and advocacy efforts.  




    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.


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