There is one CONSUMER position open on the AAWC Board of Directors.

Each nominee was asked to write a statement in response to the following:

The AAWC Board of Directors serves to advance the initiatives of the AAWC which are focused on the strategic plan consisting of the four pillars of education, public policy, research and infrastructure. Describe how your qualifications align with all four pillars and your plans to support the Board in its efforts to meet AAWC's strategic objectives...

Meet the 2020 candidates...

Laurie Rappl
Member since 2003
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STATEMENT: The care of open and closed wounds is not recognized by the medical community at large as a special medical problem, and therefore those of us interested in wounds are marginalized.  The patient loses.  We have to be unified in furthering the recognition of the care of open and closed wounds so that our patients are given the best care possible to heal these wounds and keep them healed.




Matthew Davis
Member since 2013
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STATEMENT: Education/Research: 
Education is truly one of the most important aspects of practice. Wound care has come a long way since I began but is still in its infancy of possibility. Education and research of the 4 pillars go hand in hand. We need to use previous research to drive current education practices and delivery but also need to advance research of best practice techniques and product utilization. I believe that wound care still is an art and a science. There is a finesse of the delivery of care that needs to be driven across the community. We all have a certain technique or secret combination of success that can be shared across the community through education. In the changing times that we are currently experiencing education delivery is more important than ever. Research is key to creating the education of the future and more practitioners need to look deeply into the why and how to share the results for everyone's greater good.

Infrastructure and Public Policy: Education and research lead to infrastructure and public policy. Infrastructure is needed to provide clear direction of education and research goals. Organized practitioners coming together with a common voice and direction is important to changing public policy. One of the challenges wound care has been lacking has been a unified payment and care delivery system. The growing need for policy change is key to provide wound care to all who need it. Policy can inhibit how care is delivered and where it is delivered. There is need to change those roadblocks. It's important for the AAWC to focus on the four pillars of education, public policy, research, and infrastructure to propel our care delivery and innovation for the future to come.