Association for the Advancement of Wound Care Promotes Patient Advocacy and Offers Free Memberships to the Public

MALVERN, Pa., Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) offers free patient and lay-caregiver memberships for a limited time by contacting patient_advocacy@aawconline.org or by calling 800.237.7285 extension 113. To be eligible, a wound care patient/previous patient or one's personal caregiver(s) need only support AAWC's goals to create a solid, unified voice for patients and to be the leader in interdisciplinary wound healing and tissue preservation.

AAWC's campaign to provide patients with a voice was initiated in 2009. AAWC recently announced its patient advocacy group's official name to be AAWC WIN ("Wounds in Need").  Under the umbrella of AAWC, WIN (Wounds in Need) is a membership group specifically for wound patients and their personal caregivers. The group offers support, networking, education and information, as well as the opportunity to impact government and regulatory decisions pertaining to wound care treatment and products. AAWC WIN members participate in a blog inside of the Patient Resource Center found at www.aawconline.org as well as network via a Facebook page entitled, "AAWC Advocacy for Patients and Caregivers."  AAWC offers several benefits to its WIN members, including a patient focused newsletter and education, as well as a support group through organized phone meetings.

Through a grant from AAWC's corporate member, Healthpoint, and through support from individual donors, AAWC has been able to offer nearly 150 free patient/caregiver memberships in 2010. Any wound care patient or personal caregiver who wishes to take advantage of the free opportunity to become an AAWC WIN member should email Patient_Advocacy@aawconline.org or call 800.237.7285, extension 113.

ABOUT AAWC - AAWC is the largest, not-for-profit, multi-specialty organization in the United States dedicated to the research and clinical application of evidence-based wound care. AAWC offers membership to everyone involved in wound care, including healthcare professionals, patients, lay-caregivers, clinics/facilities, corporations, students, retirees, and advocates.

SOURCE Association for the Advancement of Wound Care



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