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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 Language: "Dear Colleague" Letters

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

Sample email:

I am a constituent from (city/state), I urge that you sign Sen. Brian Schatz’s “Dear Colleague” letter calling for greater flexibility for CDC’s Core State Injury and Violence Prevention Program (SVIPP) so states can truly focus on their greatest injury and violence prevention needs!

Unfortunately, CDC has narrowed the focus of the Core SVIPP program to only the following four areas: motor vehicle injury prevention, youth sports concussion and traumatic brain injury, child abuse and neglect, and sexual violence and intimate partner violence. These restrictions hinder decision-making at the state level and act as a barrier for states that have injury and violence prevention needs outside the CDC’s four areas of focus.

To sign the letter please contact Aisling McDonough in Sen. Schatz’s office at The deadline to sign-on is April 10th!


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"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


    Want to know more? 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.


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