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MISSION ZERO builds on the recommendations of the 2016 National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report titled, “A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury,” to create a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant program to cover the administrative costs of embedding military trauma professionals in civilian trauma centers. These military-civilian trauma care partnerships will allow military trauma care teams and providers to gain exposure to treating critically injured patients and increase readiness for when these units are deployed. Additionally, best practices from the battlefield are brought home to further advance trauma care and provide greater civilian access.

The MISSION ZERO Act was signed into law on June 24, 2019, as part of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation (PAHPAI) Act (Public Law No:116-22).

ACS encourages Congress to fully fund MISSION ZERO at the authorized amount of $11.5 million as part of the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) Appropriations package.

Take Action: Encourage your lawmakers to support full funding for the life-saving MISSION ZERO grant program!

Senate MISSION ZERO Appropriations Letter Led by Senators Van Hollen and Cassidy (6/17/2021)

House MISSION ZERO Appropriations Letter Led by Reps. Burgess and Castor (4/27/2021)

Trauma Coalition MISSION ZERO Letter to the House Appropriations Committee (2/17/2021)

Trauma Coalition MISSION ZERO Letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee (2/17/2021)

Burgess-Castor Dear Colleague Letter on MISSION ZERO FY22 Appropriations (April 2021)

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