Safe States Alliance Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Are you a Safe States member that wants to engage in injury and violence prevention opportunities with other members who share your professional interests? If so, all members are invited to join a Safe States Alliance Special Interest Group (SIG)!
What are SIGs?
SIGs are forums open to Safe States Alliance members who share similar
interests or specialties in the field of injury and violence prevention.
Open only to Safe States members, SIGs provide members with an opportunity to exchange ideas and stay
informed about current developments in their fields. Unlike Safe States
Alliance Committees which are created and governed by Safe States
Alliance’s Bylaws and Executive Committee, SIGs are semi-autonomous
networks created and maintained by members themselves.
Safe States launched the Active Transportation Special Interest Group (SIG) early in 2015 to focus on the broad, cross-cutting and multi-sector areas of active transportation and the built environment, and their role in preventing injury and violence. The SIG is also a great way to stay informed about current developments and build a network of professional contacts in this field.
States has recommended that each state and territory establish and
maintain expertise in disaster epidemiology and disaster injury
prevention and mitigation. In keeping with this recommendation, the
Disaster Epidemiology Special Interest Group (SIG) has been developed
within Safe States to focus on injury epidemiology issues related to
disasters. The scope of interest is the use of injury epidemiology tools
and approaches in disaster settings to gain improved epidemiological
insights for public health action. Click here for more information.
The purpose of this SIG is to provide a forum for Safe States members with experience in hospital trauma to
express ideas, learn of best practices, and contribute to expert
discussions with peers and colleagues. It is also a great way to stay
informed about current developments and build a network of professional
contacts in this field.
The purpose of this SIG is to provide a forum for Safe
States members with experience at local health departments to express
ideas, learn of best practices, and contribute to expert discussions
with peers and colleagues. It is also a great way to stay informed about
current developments and build a network of professional contacts in
Click here for more information about our SIG.
National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) SIG is dedicated to
working with CDC and other partners on improving and expanding the NVDRS
program. This group was formed as a recommendation from the 2011 &
2012 NVDRS Roundtable Meeting. This group creates a venue and momentum
for promoting more state ownership and participation in NVDRS by
reviewing CDC program requirements, identifying and sharing best
practices about implementing state NVDRS programs, and helping to
address other technical issues as they arise. The NVDRS SIG is
currently led by Scott Proescholdbell (NC).
purpose of Partner & Sexual Violence SIG is to provide a forum for
Safe States members to discuss and share program strategies, resources
and policy initiatives aimed at reducing Partner and Sexual Violence.
Through the PSVP SIG, members can engage with colleagues in violence
prevention as they develop informational briefs, promote evidence-based
interventions, promote educational opportunities, develop innovative
policy change strategies, and develop unifying messages for social norms
change to prevent partner and sexual violence.
purpose of the State Designated Representative SIG is to provide an
organized forum where the State Designated Representatives can: (1)
share their professional activities and studies through meetings,
publications, training and other organized activities; (2) advise the
Executive Committee of Safe States on matters pertaining to state health
department injury and violence prevention programs; (3) organize
technical programs for state injury and violence prevention program
directors; (4) collect and disseminate information concerning state
injury and violence prevention programs; and (5) represent Safe States
through national activities, either as a Group or through one of its
members, at the request of the Executive Committee of Safe States.
Why Should I Join?
SIGs allow Safe States Alliance members to pursue narrower,
substantive special interests through an organized forum in order to:
- Exchange ideas and share professional activities and studies
through meetings, publications, training, and other organized
- Provide advice to the Safe States Alliance’s Executive Committee on matters pertaining to the group’s special interest or area;
- Organize technical programs for such interests and areas for web-based and in-person professional development;
- Gather and share information concerning its special interest;
- Represent Safe States Alliance through national activities the request of Safe States Alliance’s Executive Committee; and
- Explore creative ways to engage other members in an area of special interest.
Who is Eligible?
All Safe States Alliance members are eligible to become members of SIGs. Members can belong to as many SIGs as desired.
How Can I Create or Join a SIG?
Creating or joining a SIG is easy. Members interested in creating a
SIG should submit an application to the SIG Committee that includes the
signatures from at least five members (who must represent more than one
state); contact information for the chair and vice-chair of the proposed
SIG; a short description of the SIG including: name, acronym (if
applicable), purpose and scope of interest; and a brief description of
the potential activities planned for the year.
Click here to download a SIG application
Where Can I Learn More About the SIGs?
To learn more about the SIGs and opportunities to participate on a SIG, please click here to download a copy of the SIG Manual or contact the Safe States Alliance National Office at (770) 690-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.