Neurosurgery Urges Funding for MISSION Zero Program
On Oct. 27, the AANS and the CNS joined the Trauma Coalition in urging House and Senate appropriators to include $10 million in funding for the Military and Civilian Partnership for the Trauma Readiness Grant (MISSION ZERO) Program in the final fiscal year 2023 appropriations bill.
Championed by organized neurosurgery, the MISSION ZERO Act was signed into law in 2019 as a part of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act. This grant program covers the administrative costs of embedding military trauma professionals in civilian trauma centers, thus allowing military trauma care teams and providers to gain exposure to treating critically injured patients and increase readiness when these units are deployed. Similarly, best practices from the battlefield are brought home to improve civilian trauma care.