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Email your Representative and Senators to Protect Funding for Injury and Violence Prevention


 

The Safe States Alliance is working to build support for letters currently being circulated by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) in the U.S. House of Representatives and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) in the U.S. Senate urging that Congress not cut funding for the CDC’s injury center in the FY 2018 budget.  The only way this effort will prove successful is if Representatives and Senators hear from their constituents asking that they lend their support by signing the Rep. Moore and Sen. Schatz letters!

 

What to do:

  1. Email your Representative and Senators’ offices to ask that they sign the Rep. Moore (Representatives only) or Sen. Schatz (Senators only) “Dear Colleague” letter aimed at protecting the CDC’s injury center funding from any cuts in the FY 2018 budget. If you need help locating the appropriate email address please contact Paul Bonta at Paul.Bonta@safestates.org for assistance.
  2. Be persistent.  If you have not received a response after 2 or 3 days, follow up on your original email and restate your request.  As a voter, you deserve to know where your members of Congress stand on funding for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
  3. Once you receive a response, let Paul Bonta know at Paul.Bonta@safestates.org as he can follow up with Rep. Moore’s/Sen. Schatz’s office to ensure your Representative and/or Senators are on the letter.
  4. Pass this along to your professional colleagues and partners, friends and family!

Sample email for Safe States members:

 

I am contacting you today as a constituent from (city, state) to ask that you sign the Rep. Gwen Moore/Sen. Brian Schatz “Dear Colleague” letter urging level-funding for the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in the FY 2018 budget.

 

Include a brief example or story about a program that benefits from NCIPC funding.  Such as:

 

Funding from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is important to our community because it allows UW Health, in Madison, WI, to screen all adults over age 65 years for their fall risk annually. To assure efficient and accurate screening, UW Health has adopted the CDC’s STEADI tools and imbedded them into their Electronic Health Record. Older Adults who are identified at risk for a fall are referred to programs, such as Stepping On, within the health system and located within our community. While UW Health offers Stepping On in their facilities, they may also refer patients to partners such as the Fitchburg Senior Center, Mt. Zion Baptist Church or even another health system like St. Mary’s; whatever is most convenient for the patient. A community collaborative called the Fall Prevention Task Force from Safe Communities of Madison/Dane County coordinates the implementation of several CDC recommended fall prevention programs so UW Health, and any organization serving older adults, has the ability to better serve their community.  This program is providing an essential benefit to members of our community and ultimately works to keep them out of the hospital.  If Congress cuts the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s funding, this is the type of program that would be put at risk.

 

(another example)

 
Funding from the NCIPC supports Iowa’s efforts to reduce sexual violence on campuses.  Since 2015, the Iowa Dept. of Public Health has partnered with the University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and other private colleges to promote bystander education training with students on campus.  This training encourages young men and women to be active bystanders when risky situations occur.  Several communities have also initiated “Raise the Bar” programs near campuses, which train bartenders to intervene when they see someone who may be too drunk to consent to leave with someone.  These collaborations would not be possible without support from the CDC’s Injury Center. 

 

Please sign the Rep. Moore/Sen. Schatz “Dear Colleague” letter in support of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Sample email for family and friends:

 

I am contacting you today as a constituent from (city, state) to ask that you sign the Rep. Gwen Moore/Sen. Brian Schatz “Dear Colleague” letter urging level-funding for the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in the FY 2018 budget.

 

I have a strong interest in injury and violence prevention because…(mention specific example, such as –my child suffered a concussion during sports that could have been prevented with targeted training to my child’s coach.  Since my child’s concussion, I have learned that the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control supports such training programs in communities across the country and I feel strongly that now is not the time to reduce our investment in these programs.  Concussions are serious injuries that can be prevented).

 

Please sign the Rep. Moore/Sen. Schatz “Dear Colleague” letter in support of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

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