Our Vision for the Future
By Lorraine Carli, Phoenix Society Board President
The Phoenix Society has long been the strongest voice for burn survivors, their families, and their caretakers—advocating that healing is life-long process. For nearly 40 years we have been focused on building a strong community for transformational healing. And we—all of us together—have had great success. We are a movement!
But the need has never been greater. Medical care continues to advance, and survival from a severe burn injury has become a reality for most people treated in a U.S. burn center. As more people survive, the need for long-term programs and services grows; so too must our ability to serve more individuals in more places.
How can we meet this demand and better serve all those who rely on us, not just to survive but to thrive?
We began by seeking your input, our entire community— families, healthcare professionals, industry experts, fire service, board members. You told us that we must strive to see that no burn survivor should ever recover by themselves. From that we established a new vision:
Uniting the voice of the burn community across the globe to profoundly advance lifelong healing, optimal recovery, and burn prevention.
So how do we move closer to this critical vision? With all of you. We are embarking on a journey and see a future where individuals can have access to services that support transformational healing wherever and whenever they need them. We see gathering data and support of research will drive world-class programs that meet the needs of the burn community; we see leveraging technology as a means to harness the collective power of this community will offer faster, more flexible ways to get support and be involved; we see development of virtual communities for ongoing support; we see re-imagining our current in-person peer support programs will help us reach even more; we see a united voice that will advance quality care and prevention; and we see that collaborating with partners will expand our collective impact.
Most of all, we see you with us on this journey. It is ambitious, but when we are successful we will have improved the quality of care and the quality of life for burn survivors all over the world. Get excited, see the possibilities, continue the movement, and join with us to make this vision a reality…”