Support for Burn Patients and Families

Burn injuries can be devastating. You may experience physical, emotional, social and financial challenges associated with your injury or the injury of a loved one. The following programs at UC San Diego Health System exist to encourage, inform and bring together burn survivors. At the bottom of the page are links to other burn-related organizations and resources.

For more information about any of these programs, call John Noordenbos at 619-543-2352.

Burn Support Group

Geared toward adults 18 and over, this support group is a collaborative effort between the Burn Institute and the UC San Diego Regional Burn Center. Survivors, friends and family members are welcome. Each month, those who attend will hear from different speakers on various topics relevant to burn survivors. 

3rd Thursday of every month, 6 p.m. 
Burn Institute, 8825 Aero Drive, Suite 200 
San Diego, CA 

Contact Mandy Madden: 858-541-2277 

School Re-entry Program

The School Re-entry Program helps children returning to school after sustaining a burn injury by preparing classmates and teachers for the child’s return. 

The program is designed to help classmates and teachers:

  • Understand more about burns and burn prevention
  • Encourage accepting behavior toward the burn survivor
  • Provide an opportunity for classmates to express their feelings about the child's injury

Youth Programs

Partnering with the Burn Institute, UC San Diego Regional Burn Center participates in numerous activities for kids in the rehabilitation phase of their burn recovery, and afterward. Youth programs provide a therapeutic recreational and safe setting for children to be together, find support and have fun. 

Programs include:

  • Field trips to entertainment parks
  • Beach outings
  • Holiday celebrations
One of the most powerful programs is Camp Beyond the Stars, a summer camp for burn survivors held at Camp Cuyamaca, CA.

Adult Programs

Also in conjunction with the Burn Institute, the Regional Burn Center offers a variety of peer-to-peer support opportunities for adults who are recovering from burn injury. This includes a popular annual retreat for adult burn survivors.


See Patient Resources for links related to non-burn related trauma.

Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing services to people of all ages who have been affected by burn injury.

American Burn Association
Responsible for developing national standards for the care of patients with burns, and supporting burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation and prevention.

Burn Institute
Dedicated to burn injury prevention and survivor support programs in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Burn Survivor Resource Center
Links to organizations dedicated to assisting burn survivors and their families.

NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences: Burns Fact Sheet
Brief Q&A fact sheet on burns and more online resources.

The Phoenix Society
Resources for burn survivors, their friends and loved ones, firefighters and medical professionals.

U.S. Fire Administration
Educational material on home fires, cooking fires, heating and fireplace safety. Information for media, kids and schools. Statistics and government publications.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Fire Safety Publications
Fact sheets and safety alerts on products ranging from gas grills to extension cords.