State By State Advocacy
March 12, 2007    

Letter to U.S. Senate and House Appropriators


March 12, 2007

The Honorable David Obey
2314 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C., 20515

Dear Representative Obey,

The undersigned organizations, representing a diverse alliance of health and welfare, violence and suicide prevention, and law enforcement advocates, respectfully request your continued support for the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) and urge you to provide no less than $10 million for this critical injury prevention program in FY 2008.

Each year, more than 50,000 Americans suffer violent deaths, including those caused by suicide, homicide, child abuse and domestic violence. Despite this tragic loss of life, most communities lack the data about the circumstances of these deaths needed to guide local public health prevention efforts. Through its coordinated network of state-based surveillance systems, NVDRS enables participating states to collect uniform, detailed information about violent deaths – information that ultimately can be used to help save lives. NVDRS also enables states to evaluate and strengthen existing programs, thereby assuring the most efficient and effective use of violence prevention dollars.

Currently, 17 states participate in NVDRS. While these states significantly benefit from the information generated by NVDRS, many others who wish to participate have been turned away due to funding shortfalls. By providing at least $10 million for NVDRS in FY 2008, Congress can help ensure that the program continues on its path of national implementation, informing and improving violence prevention strategies in all 50 states.

We thank the Subcommittee for its commitment to NVDRS in previous years, and look forward to working with you in support of an appropriation of at least $10 million in FY 2008. Please contact Cindy Pellegrini, American Academy of Pediatrics, at 202-347-8600, or Paul Bonta, American College of Preventive Medicine, at 202-466-2044, with any questions or if you would like additional information on this vital program.


Ambulatory Pediatric Association
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association of Suicidology
American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
American College of Emergency Physicians
American College of Physicians
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Pediatric Society
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American Public Health Association
Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs
Child Welfare League of America
Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD)
Coalition for American Trauma Care
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
Emergency Nurses Association
Family Violence Prevention Fund
National Association of County & City Health Officials
National Association of Medical Examiners
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA)
National Black Police Association
National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide
National School Safety Center
New York Academy of Medicine
The Police Foundation
Society for Adolescent Medicine
Society for Pediatric Research
Society for Public Health Education
State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association
Stop Family Violence
Stop It Now!
Suicide Awareness/Voices of Education (SAVE)
Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA)
Voices for Americas Children



NVPN Contact:
Paul Bonta
(202) 466-2044

Media Contact:
Annika Toenniessen
(202) 715-1566