CARIT’s federal advocacy efforts will be directed at influencing senior leadership in federal agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD) through Congress, patient advocates and related affinity stakeholders in order to:
- Drive consensus on research priorities.
- Promulgate specific guidance and related policies that establish inter- and intra-agency coordination and federal funding for unmet needs in trauma and emergency care.
- Establish working relationships with the Administration, Congress, and other federal agencies.
- Position CARIT as an ongoing technical resource and partner on trauma and emergency care innovation.
In its first year, CARIT
- Convened a state of the science meeting with academic, industry, non-profit and federal government participation to define priorities for the coalition’s advocacy.
- Requested federal funding for a new peer-reviewed research program in trauma to be executed by the DoD, with accompanying authorization provisions and appropriations language to define intent.
- Asked Congress to include trauma-relevant provisions in the following legislation:
- 21st Century Cures Act 2.0; and PREVENT Pandemics Act
- Coordinated a meeting with BARDA to highlight the agency’s mission in the trauma space
Currently, CARIT is working to
- Request federal funding for Peer-Reviewed Research for Acute Management of Life and/or Limb Threatening Traumatic Injury
- Develop language regarding traumatic injury in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
- Continue meetings with academic, industry, non-profit, and the federal government agencies to define priorities and highlight areas of need in the trauma space