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Burn Foundations Form Coalition in Effort to Better Serve the Burn Community

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Burn Foundations Form Coalition in Effort to Better Serve the Burn Community

Control/Tracking Number: 16-A-62-ABA
Activity: Abstract Submission
Current Date/Time: 9/24/2015 1:53:54 PM

Author Block: J. Radics-Johnson, MBA, P. Mieszala, RN
Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, Burbank, CA; National Fire & Life Safety Consultant & Education Services, Burbank, CA

Introduction: There are approximately 39 burn foundations in the US, 28% of which are headquartered in one state (n=11). These burn foundations have missions to support local burn centers, burn survivors and/or burn prevention education. With limited funding and resources available, a statewide coalition was
formed in order to bring these burn foundations together to discuss possible joint initiatives and mitigate duplication of services.

Methods: A national association of burn foundations was contacted for a current list of established burn foundations within a specific state. Also, an internet search using the key words “burn foundation” was conducted to confirm the number and names of burn foundations within this state. An established burn foundation is a burn foundation headquartered in a specific state; has an organizational mission to serve burn survivors and provides supportive services (financial, therapeutic, recreational, etc.) for burn survivors and/or burn prevention education, working in concert with their local burn center/unit as appropriate.

Results: The internet search and confirmation from the national association resulted in 11 established burn foundations within a certain state. Directors from each of the 11 Burn Foundations were contacted to attend a statewide Burn Foundation Coalition meeting. In January 2015, Directors from 10 of the 11 burn
foundations attended a Coalition meeting to discuss the programs and services they provide and collaborative initiatives. Another meeting was held in April 2015, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Burn Association in Chicago, IL.

Conclusions: The participating burn foundations found the Coalition to be useful and requested biannual meetings. Collaborative initiatives included a statewide campaign during Burn Awareness week, collaboration in scholarships and financial support for burn survivors and burn care facilities as appropriate throughout the state.

Applicability of Research to Practice: Partnerships among burn foundations with similar missions, programs and services are possible and can lead to a reduction in duplication in services and better use of limited funding and resources. There are opportunities for burn centers/units to partner with local burn foundations to better support the needs of burn patients in their care and rehabilitation.