In 2022, the ABA National Leadership Conference (NLC) will be a virtual event from January 31 – February 4.

Advocate for everyone affected by burn injury by visiting your senators and representatives to ask them to support legislation and funding for burn research, prevention, and efforts that impact burn care and patient outcomes.

You can participate this year without having to leave your home state!  Here are the ways you can join the burn community and contribute to improving care.

Attend Virtual Events

Virtual NLC will be held the week before National Burn Awareness Week (NBAW), so we will be working to increase awareness among our Representatives as well as the general public. This year, ABA will offer a special session to help nurses become more engaged in burn awareness and advocacy. Learn more here!

Congress Meetings

Senators and Representatives from each state may represent several burn centers and many members who live in that state.  We have been working to coordinate visits with ABA members registered to meet with their state’s Senators and Representatives during Virtual NLC week. Registration is now closed for congress meetings. The ABA will be in touch regarding your individual schedule for the week of NLC.

Raise Awareness through Social Media

Make sure your professional colleagues and friends understand the importance of preventing cooking injury and funding for burn research and prevention. Share, like, or retweet ABA posts and posts from your ABA colleagues to get the buzz going during this important week and use the #ABANLC.

National Leadership Conference

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

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