The ABA advocates for research funding, policies and regulations that prevent burn injuries and positively impact patients and survivors.

The NLC is the primary forum to advance the Association’s advocacy agenda, on behalf of burn centers, the burn team and the patients they serve, to the nation’s key elected and appointed officials. The primary objective of the NLC is for burn center leaders, surgeons, nurses, hospital administrators and other burn care professionals to address challenges in a collaborative and unified fashion, while in the policy legislative and regulatory arena.

Tuesday, February 4
ABA NLC Issues Briefing 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
ABA NLC Reception 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesday, February 5
Hill Visits 8:00 am – 3:00 pm


Reservations for this event will be made by individual attendees directly with the hotel prior to Monday, January 6, 2020. Individuals can make their reservation by calling (877) 237-2082 or (202) 638-6900 and identify themselves as a member of the American Burn Association National Leadership Conference Group.

Additionally, attendees may book reservations online by visiting and entering the Group Code 23475 in order to obtain the group rate. The hotel will accept reservations from attendees after the cut-off date only by a space- and rate-available basis.

Phoenix Park Hotel
520 N. Capitol St NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Highlights include:

  • NLC will be during National Burn Awareness Week to highlight not only advocacy issues but the ABA and its overall role in care, research, and prevention
  • Special guest speakers at the Issues Briefing on Tuesday, February 6
  • Continued support for H.R. 919—Portable Fuel Container Safety Act of 2017, legislation that provides a simple solution to this dangerous situation by requiring manufacturers to install simple flame mitigation devices or flame arrestors in these containers
  • Continued advocacy to demonstrate the need to support Department of Defense funding for research to advance the care of wounded warriors; to date $67 million has been appropriated, including  $21.8 million through the ABA to support 11 research studies at 42 burn centers
  • Training and networking