of 2016, respectively. The ACS played an active role
in both briefings.
The pediatric trauma briefing focused on pediatric trauma as the number one cause of death among
children in the U.S., and on what can be done to
prevent injuries and improve access to appropriate
pediatric trauma care. David Adelson, MD, FACS;
Barbara Gaines, MD, FACS; and John Petty, MD,
FACS, served on the panel and offered their expert
The youth sports injury briefing focused on the
importance of concussion diagnosis, treatment, and
access to follow-up care post injury. Shelly Timmons, MD, FACS, and Brendan Campbell, MD,
FACS, served on this panel and offered their perspectives on youth injury diagnosis and treatment.
Drs. Timmons and Campbell emphasized the importance of funding for concussion research to further
identify prognostic tools, diagnostic testing modalities, and the efficacy of treatment modalities for
The College will continue to make strengthening the
nation’s trauma system a high priority in the 115th
Congress, while elevating the goal of zero preventable deaths and ensuring all trauma patients receive
appropriate care within the golden hour.
On a daily basis, Congress, government regulators, and state legislatures are making decisions that
could have drastic effects on the health care profession. As trauma research struggles to receive adequate
federal funding relative to the number of injuries per
year, the ACS and COT, along with trauma partners
who represent the full spectrum of trauma care, will
continue to join together to engage congressional
leaders and public officials with a unified voice.†
How to help
The involvement of surgeon-advocates is paramount
to establishing an active relationship with federal and
state legislators. The key to successful advocacy is an
engaged membership, and the ACS suggests the following activities to support this work:
•Attend the Leadership & Advocacy Summit, May 6–9
in Washington, DC
•Host your federal/state legislators for a trauma center
or facility tour
•Meet with your member of Congress in your home
district or in Washington, DC
The DAHP is available to help with these efforts,
and can assist with preparations for a congressional
meeting or facility tour.
For questions about military-civilian trauma
policy, e-mail email@example.com. For questions about
trauma policy, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. ♦
†Gillum LA, Gouveia C, Dorsey ER, et al. NIH disease funding levels and
burden of disease. PLoS ONE. 2011; 6( 2):e16837. Available at: journals.plos.
org/plosone/article?id= 10.1371/journal.pone.0016837/. Accessed February 16, 2017.