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 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 or Kate Hamelin at 619-471-9458.
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
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.
- 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.
SOAR stands for "survivors offering assistance in recovery" and is a national survivor support program developed by healthcare professionals and burn survivors.
This program facilitates one-on-one support for burn survivors and loved ones affected by burn injury. Peer support volunteers offer an opportunity to speak with someone who has traveled a similar journey.
SOAR is recommended by the American Burn Association. All volunteers are trained by the
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.
When: 3rd Thursday of every month, 6 p.m.
Where: Burn Institute, 8825 Aero Drive, Suite 200, San Diego, CA
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.
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.