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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 - 2019 "Dear Colleague" Letters


Contact members of your congressional delegation today to urge that they sign-on in support of increased funding for the Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (SVIPP) and Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs)


A group of our allies in Congress are circulating letters to their colleagues in the House and Senate urging that they sign-on in support of expanding the Core SVIPP and ICRC programs. These letters, addressed to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, present a unique opportunity to demonstrate broad support for injury and violence prevention programs.  


The deadline to sign-on to the House letters is March 26th so please act now!  For assistance in contacting congressional staff, please contact Paul Bonta, Safe States Director of Government Relations at


Copies of the digital letters being circulated are available for your review:


Sample Email to Request "Dear Colleague" Letter Signatures


Simply copy/paste and personalize the language below in an email to your elected officials in the House and Senate. Find you representatives by clicking on the links below. 


Subject Line:  Please sign “Dear Colleague” letters to expand injury and violence prevention programs


Dear [Representative last name],

I am a constituent from [city/state], I urge that you sign two “Dear Colleague” letters calling for expansion of CDC’s Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (SVIPP) and Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs). The Core SVIPP letter is being led by Rep. Gwen Moore, while Reps. John Katko and Debbie Dingell are circulating the ICRC letter.


Unfortunately, the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control does not have sufficient funding to support a Core SVIPP and ICRC program in each state and U.S. territory. The goal is to expand current funding to Core SVIPP and ICRC 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. Importantly, Congress must call on the CDC to allow states to utilize their Core SVIPP funds to address their pressing suicide prevention needs. Conversely, ICRCs do much of the research states rely on to inform the design and implementation of their injury and violence prevention programs. Simply put, ICRCs build the evidence-base for state-based injury and violence prevention programs.


To sign the Core SVIPP letter please contact Chris Goldson in Rep. Moore’s office at To sign the ICRC letter please contact Joe McNally in Rep. Dingell’s office at deadline to sign-on is March 26th!



[your name, city/state]



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 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. 

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