ABSTRACT: In the 1980s, a group of skin disease organizations realized that the power of numbers was needed to impact and educate the U.S. Congress and policy makers regarding the burden of skin diseases and advocate the need for more skin disease research. This article tells the story of the Coalition of Skin Diseases, its accomplishments, and its value to dermatology nurses.
Judy Jones, MA, President, Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation, Birmingham, Michigan.
Vicki Kalabokes, President and CEO, National Alopecia Areata Foundation, San Rafael, California.
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