Arizona Trauma Association
Dear Arizona Trauma Association Members, Sponsors and Colleagues,
Remaining in unprecedented times in Arizona and across the county, we cannot forget that robust trauma systems are more critical now than ever as an indicator of public health. As we move out of the pandemic and into a revival of strengthening public health demands, we are reminded that trauma is a pressing public health epidemic. At AzTA, we know that trauma systems represent comprehensive and complex infrastructures dedicated to providing optimal care for injured patients. Since its founding in 2007 as a coalition of all the trauma centers in Arizona, we have continued to reexamine our role in supporting and strengthening the trauma system in Arizona by bringing together trauma providers rather than regional division. In 2020, AzTA underwent a lifecycle examination to inform the future of the organization and a subsequent restructuring to broaden the involvement of trauma providers at all levels of the trauma system. We aim to utilize leadership and shared expertise to support a broader spectrum of trauma services, from injury prevention efforts and an integrated network of trauma centers to concerted research agendas and policy enhancements.
We strongly feel that the AzTA stands poised to make a difference in the lives of Arizona’s residents. AzTA’s continuous improvement of trauma care is characterized by our redefined pillars of education, research, collaboration, prevention, and advocacy.
We are proud of our organization’s successes over the thirteen years, particularly in providing more opportunities for meaningful engagement of our members and sponsors, introducing strong educational programming formats and topics, and providing professional development and outreach opportunities. In the year ahead, we will continue these initiatives and add programming designed for the engaging a broader participation of trauma providers, virtual programming, and events held in collaboration with other organizations in Arizona and beyond.
Thank you, members, for your continued participation and enthusiasm in our professional community and sponsors for your incredible support and advice. A robust trauma system requires the efforts of everyone. We cherish your continual support for the injured patients in this great state of Arizona.
Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS
President, Arizona Trauma Association
Michelle Notrica, PharmD, JD, MPH
Executive Director, Arizona Trauma Association
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What Attendees Say About the Symposium
This was the best trauma conference I have been to. As a nurse, much of the information could be used in everyday nursing practice and good ‘nuggets’ for those unique cases ~S.F. from Angelton, TX
Each lecture was brief with a limited and pointed topic and this format really held my interest…all presented some key concepts or even a lot of generally useful information. ~L.S. from Memphis, TN
Tackle Trauma 5k Walk/Run
Straight Outta Quarantine 5K Run presented by the Arizona Trauma Association‘s Tackle Trauma (TM) is the premier race and fundraiser experience for individuals looking to support trauma care. This year‘s race will have a dual focus, as COVID-19 has changed the landscape for all first responders and hospital trauma personnel. In years past, our focus has been solely on trauma — Traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death for all children and adults up to age 46. But this year, the public health need is also to “Tackle COVID-19” through increased vaccination. The prevalence of trauma in our state did not decrease during Quarantine, remaining at 6.27 per 1000 Arizonans. And the trauma community continued to do its important work every day Now, most healthcare workers are vaccinated, but it is important for every eligible person to get a vaccine for us to move beyond Quarantine and into the reopening phase of this pandemic. Sign up to help us spread the word about these important issues, and to help raise money for trauma education!
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