Mission Statement

Save lives and reduce suffering by educating the public and leading an alliance of patients, healthcare professionals, and partners committed to preventing and curing sepsis.

Sepsis Alliance is the leading sepsis organization in the U.S. working to save lives and reduce suffering from sepsis. Through Sepsis.org, Sepsis Alliance Institute, Sepsis Alliance Voices, Sepsis Alliance Connect, and Sepsis Innovation Collaborative, Sepsis Alliance is providing healthcare professionals, the general public, those impacted by sepsis, and lawmakers with the education, support, and advocacy to help save lives and limbs from sepsis.

Our Vision

A world in which nobody is harmed by sepsis.

Over 1.7 million people are diagnosed with sepsis each year in the U.S., including 350,000 adults and 6,800 children who die. Sepsis Alliance is committed to giving sepsis advocates the tools and resources to help use their collective voice to share their experiences and educate their communities about sepsis.

Our Values

  • Ethical – Sepsis Alliance is a charitable organization run by a dedicated team who share a strong commitment to battling sepsis. We are a GuideStar Platinum Rated and Charity Four-Star rated 501(c)3 charity. It is only through the generous support of sponsors, grant funders, and individual contributors that we are able to continue our life-saving work. Learn how you can make a gift today to help us continue impacting lives across the U.S. by clicking here.
  • Passionate – Sepsis Alliance Staff, Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and volunteers exemplify the passion we have for saving lives from sepsis. Learn more about our team.
  • Inclusive – Our work, through programs like Faces of Sepsis, highlights and amplifies stories of real people who have been affected by this condition to help spread awareness.
  • Positive – We create spaces for community around sepsis – from healthcare providers to sepsis survivors. Learn more about our work to help support those on the frontlines of sepsis.
  • Collaborative – Sepsis Alliance knows that infection prevention IS sepsis prevention. We work with dedicated partners and advocates to improve and reinforce infection prevention techniques and strategies across the United States. Learn more about our partners.
  • Committed to health equity – Sepsis disproportionately impacts those who have historically lacked access to quality healthcare, including some communities of color, rural communities, and individuals experiencing poverty. Through its advocacy work, Sepsis Alliance aims to help close gaps in patient outcomes and expand access to high-quality sepsis care.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pledge

Sepsis Alliance is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our work and in the sepsis care community. 

Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.

Diversity: We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in many forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, and life experiences, in all areas of our organization.

Equity: We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, racism, and discrimination in sepsis care, in health education, and in support of those impacted by sepsis.

Inclusion: We commit to working to ensure that Sepsis Alliance is an organization that welcomes differences, and all individuals feel valued, heard, and supported.

We recognize that historical and societal systems and community resource disparities create stark healthcare gaps, including in sepsis care. For example, studies show staggering racial and ethnic disparities in sepsis awareness, as well as incidence, care and outcomes:

  • Black individuals bear nearly twice the burden of sepsis deaths, relative to the size of the Black population, as compared to white individuals.[i][ii] 
  • Children with severe sepsis or septic shock who are Black or Hispanic are approximately 25% more likely to die than non-Hispanic white children.[iii] 
  • Asian and Pacific Islander patients are 18% more likely to die from sepsis than white patients.[iv] 
  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives in the Indian Health Service area are 1.6 times more likely to die from sepsis than the national average.[v] 
  • Non-Hispanic Black children admitted to the emergency room are less likely to be treated for sepsis than non-Hispanic white children.[vi] 
  • In a recent survey conducted by Sepsis Alliance, only 49% of respondents identifying as Black had heard the term “sepsis,” as compared to 76% of white-identifying respondents.[vii] 

As part of the larger healthcare sector, Sepsis Alliance will work diligently to address these disparities and health inequities. Ensuring equitable sepsis care for those who have been historically marginalized, including BIPOC individuals (individuals who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color) and other members of racial and ethnic minoritized groups aligns with our mission to reduce harm caused by sepsis through advocacy, education, and public awareness.

As such, we commit to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in our educational offerings (for the public and for healthcare providers), in our advocacy initiatives, and in our organizational structure. We commit to striving to be a DEI leader in the healthcare sector and to using our organizational voice to bolster equity, diversity, and inclusion across the continuum of sepsis care.

Below find Sepsis Alliance’s DEI plan: 

1. Expand public education and provider training in service of closing racial and ethnic gaps in sepsis awareness and addressing inequities in sepsis care, and create support resources for all those impacted by sepsis:

  • Increase partnerships with organizations that serve historically marginalized communities and other racial and ethnic minoritized communities to best distribute public sepsis education;
  • Work toward narrowing gaps in public awareness of sepsis by creating intentional education campaigns for a variety of cultures;
  • Diversify our network of subject matter experts with a focus on collaborating with professionals from communities of color;
  • Include implicit bias curricula in Sepsis Alliance Institute courses;
  • Integrate health inequity discussion into provider education whenever possible;
  • Include diverse voices in the development of support resources;
  • Continue updating the organization style guide to use inclusive language in all of our communication, as it relates to race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, (dis)ability status, and anywhere else applicable.

2. Pursue advocacy initiatives that further DEI goals and strive to be a DEI leader in the healthcare sector:

  • Continue disseminating an industry diversity, equity, and inclusion pledge;
  • Continue collecting industry DEI pledge signatory activity reports;
  • Continue to host and engage in industry conversations around DEI and pursue new advocacy initiatives that further DEI goals whenever possible;
  • Continue to vocalize our support for DEI work throughout the sepsis healthcare community across the continuum of care.

3. Advance diversity and inclusion within Sepsis Alliance to better reflect the communities we serve, and better support our team and constituents:

  • Integrate equity, diversity, and inclusion into the Sepsis Alliance charter;
  • Establish DEI steering committee to coordinate and implement plans and programs regarding equity, diversity and inclusion;
  • Conduct annual DEI training for Sepsis Alliance staff, Board of Directors, and Advisory Board;
  • Increase the racial and ethnic diversity of individuals involved in the ongoing “Faces of Sepsis” project by identifying and collaborating with partner health organizations serving minoritized communities;
  • Increase diversity of the combined Sepsis Alliance staff, Board of Directors, and Advisory Board, by diversifying recruitment channels, adapting hiring initiatives to focus on recruiting and retaining diverse talent (including women, BIPOC, LGBTQ individuals, veterans and any other underrepresented individuals), and expanding our network of partner organizations who serve BIPOC and other minoritized communities;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of Sepsis Alliance’s recruiting methods to attract qualified, diverse applicant pools for open positions on an annual basis;
  • Work to create an inclusive environment for staff, volunteers, and all those impacted by or working with Sepsis Alliance.


Learn more about disparities in sepsis care in the Sepsis and Equity Fact Sheet.


[i] Kempker, J. A., Kramer, M. R., Waller, L. A. and Martin, G. S. (2018) Risk Factors for Septicemia Deaths and Disparities in a Longitudinal US Cohort, Open Forum Infectious Diseases,5(12), ofy305. 

[ii] Mayr, F. B., Yende, S., Linde-Zwirble, W. T., Peck-Palmer, O. M., Barnato, A. E., Weissfeld,L. A. and Angus, D. C. (2010) Infection rate and acute organ dysfunction risk as explanations for racial differences in severe sepsis, JAMA,303(24), 2495-503. 

[iii] Thavamani, A., Umapathi, K. K., Dhanpalreddy, H., Khatana, J., Chotikanatis, K., Allareddy, V. and Roy, A. (2020) Epidemiology, Clinical and Microbiologic Profile and Risk Factors for Inpatient Mortality in Pediatric Severe Sepsis in the United States From 2003 to 2014: A Large Population Analysis, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal,39(9), 781-788. 

[iv] Jones, J. M., Fingar, K. R., Miller, M. A., Coffey, R., Barrett, M., Flottemesch, T., Heslin, K. C., Gray, D. T. and Moy, E.(2017) Racial Disparities in Sepsis-Related In-Hospital Mortality: Using a Broad Case Capture Method and Multivariate Controls for Clinical and Hospital Variables, 2004-2013, Critical Care Medicine,45(12), e1209-e1217. 

[v] Disparities. (2019, October) https://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/factsheets/disparities/ 

[vi] Raman, J., Johnson, T. J., Hayes, K. and Balamuth, F. (2019) Racial Differences in Sepsis Recognition in the Emergency Department, Pediatrics, 144(4), e20190348. 

[vii] Sepsis Alliance Awareness Survey. (2020) https://www.sepsis.org/2020-sepsis-awareness-survey/ 



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