Sepsis Alliance Voices


Sepsis Alliance Voices emphasizes that anyone can be a sepsis advocate, and we hope you’ll join us. Below, discover how to connect directly with your elected officials, learn about sepsis-relevant pieces of legislation from across the country, and take action today on key issues affecting patients with sepsis and their loved ones. Also below, find resources like our advocacy toolkit and advocacy training video, aimed at helping those new to advocacy begin using their voices with confidence.

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Beginning in 2022, our advocacy work has been guided by five priority areas:

Seeking greater health equity:

Sepsis, like many medical conditions, disproportionately impacts those who have historically lacked access to quality healthcare, including some communities of color and individuals experiencing poverty. We aim to help close gaps in patient outcomes and expand access to high-quality sepsis care.

Curbing antimicrobial resistance (AMR):

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when specific strains of bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites learn to defeat the antimicrobial medications we used to kill or stop them. Because sepsis often requires effective antimicrobials to treat, AMR is particularly dire for patients with sepsis. Curbing the threat of AMR is one of our top priorities.  

Measuring sepsis to better manage it:

Clinicians, researchers, innovators, policymakers, and the public need good data to better understand sepsis, and therefore to improve its diagnosis and treatment. One of our top priorities is getting sepsis data collected in a readily available place, so that those fighting sepsis are better able to understand what they’re up against.

Improving outcomes for pregnant people:

Infection or sepsis is the second leading cause of pregnancy-related mortality in the U.S., and the U.S. has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the industrialized world. We aim to help improve outcomes for people who develop sepsis during or following a pregnancy, so that more survive pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.

Keeping the spotlight on the #1 cause of death in U.S. hospitals—sepsis:

When Carl Flatley, DDS, MSD, founded Sepsis Alliance, there wasn’t sufficient focus on sepsis in the general public, hospitals, or in the halls of government. In 2021, sepsis awareness levels among U.S. adults were up to 65%, up from 19% when Sepsis Alliance was first founded. Still, more than 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with sepsis every year, so we have a long way to go. As advocates for better sepsis awareness and care, we aim to keep the national spotlight where it belongs—on sepsis. 

Sepsis Alliance Voices Advocacy Toolkit
Sepsis Alliance Voices Advocacy Training
Recorded Webinar

Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges Janssen Infectious Diseases and Vaccines, Merck, and Pfizer Inc. for their unrestricted grant support of our grassroots advocacy activation platform.