House of Representatives Votes to Fully Fund MISSION ZERO Act

August 13, 2020

The US House of Representatives passed their Fiscal Year 21 Appropriations bill to fund the Department of Health and included $11.5 million to fully fund the MISSION ZERO grant program. This grant was established by the passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act to place military trauma teams in civilian hospitals so that they may cross train with civilian trauma departments, as well as keep their skills fresh in-between deployments. The passage of the FY21 Appropriations measure provides the funds necessary for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to authorize these grants.

The Society of Trauma Nurses, along with a coalition of trauma groups including the Trauma Centers Association of American (TCAA) has advocated on Capitol Hill for the implementation of MISSON ZERO. This law was based on the recommendations made in a report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Placing military trauma teams in civilian hospitals would serve to further hone their skills by allow them to transfer those skills learned on the battlefield to civilian trauma care.

STN will continue to work with our partners in the trauma coalition to advocate for this funding as the Senate reconciles their appropriations bill with the House version. We thank our Congressional champions for their hard work in achieving passage in the House, especially Representatives Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Michael Burgess (R-TX), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD).