A tremendous “THANK YOU” to all who participated in Trauma Awareness Day at the Capitol on February 7, 2017. Over 200 trauma advocates from all across the state spent the day talking to legislators about the trauma system and then trained several hundred lawmakers, legislative staff and Capitol visitors on how to “Stop the Bleed”.

The advocates asked legislators to appropriate an additional $1million to the Georgia Trauma Commission (GTC) to be used to place small trauma kits in all of Georgia’s public schools.

Both the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia Senate passed special resolutions declaring February 7, 2017 to be Trauma Awareness Day in Georgia. GSACS President-elect and GTC Chairman, Dr. Dennis Ashley, accompanied by Drs. Fred Mullins, Robert Cowles, John Bleacher, Colville Ferdinand and trauma survivor Ashley Power accepted the Trauma Day resolution on the floor of the Senate and addressed the senators.

This special event was made possible by a grant from the American College of Surgeons and the collaboration of the Georgia Trauma Foundation, the Georgia Trauma Commission and the Georgia Committee on Trauma.

See below to view the first photos of the day and stay tuned for more pictures, videos and media stories about the great day and make plans to attend next year on the February 6, 2018. If you attended the event, be sure to share your photos on our Facebook page and tag us on Twitter.

P.S. Please call your local legislators and ask them to support the additional $1million in the GTC budget for trauma kits in public schools.

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