About The Wound Healing Foundation
Founded in 1999, The Wound Healing Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving wound healing worldwide through funding research, education, and outreach. The Foundation was formed by dedicated professionals committed to wound care and to provide patients, researchers, and health professionals the resources to make significant contributions in the critical and under appreciated area of wound healing.
The inability of wounds, scars and adhesions to heal normally is a major health problem in the United States and globally. As the population ages, and the prevalence of diseases such as diabetes, chronic venous insufficiency and atherosclerosis increases, the magnitude of chronic wound problems will increase. The Foundation raises public awareness, understanding and funds to support research for wound healing problems in collaboration and coordination with other organizations.
The Wound Healing Foundation is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors composed of leaders in academia, private practice and industry devoted to wound healing problems and the patients and their caregivers that are affected by them. The Foundation funded the creation of wound healing guidelines for acute wounds, chronic wounds and prevention of wounds by best practices and evidence. These guidelines are freely available to everyone. The Foundation presents yearly research fellowship awards to outstanding scientists and is positioned to expand its research program through additional small grants and young investigator awards.
Although chronic wounds affect approximately 6.5 million people in the United States, relatively few clinicians and researchers focus specifically on wound healing. There is great need for creating awards for the career development of young investigators so they may reach a point where they can obtain independent funding. Even though wounds carry a heavy disease burden, specific wound research funding is low.
Patients and caregivers do not always have access to wound healing specialists. The Foundation in
conjunction with our partners are drafting user friendly information for dissemination on-line. Successful wound care is a team effort and the patients and their families have a major role in healing their wound. The Foundation seeks to aid their efforts.
The partnership between the Wound Healing Foundation and other stakeholders in the wound healing arena is an ongoing cooperative venture to accomplish a vital educational and charitable mission: to advance the science and practice of wound healing in the United States and throughout the world. Through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations, the Foundation is committed to innovation and excellence as expanding needs unfold in the 21st century.
Chronic wounds represent a significant burden to patients, health care professionals, and the U.S. health care system, affecting 6.5 million patients and costing an estimated $25 billion annually.