As our world becomes increasingly globalized, so does ourMilitary Health System. Our service members are deployedaround the world and are affected by a broad spectrum of potential health challenges. In addition, the United States playsa prominent role in humanitarian response efforts, and inreconstruction activities that promote international stability.To address the diversity of needs worldwide, the MHS workswith other U.S. agencies, non-governmental, international, and partner nation organizations not onlyto provide assistance when needed, but also to provide global partners with the capability andcapacity to provide for their own national security. Using tools like the Air Force International Health
Specialist program, Army Civil Affairs medical teams and the Navyʼs hospital ship missions, the MHS
establishes, sustains and expands our own capabilities while working in global partnerships thatultimately enhance the security of our allies.
This year the Department of Defenseʼs International Health Division, part of the Office of Force Health
Protection and Readiness, put into place a groundbreaking new policy emphasizing the importance of international medical missions conducted by the military. The new policy assigned responsibilities
and instructions for the militaryʼs medical support to international stability operations. Ultimately,this will enhance the DoDʼs capabilities to respond quickly and efficiently when needed, and better
prepare MHS personnel to play pivotal roles across the full spectrum of medical stability operations.
Jim Fike, Col, USAF, MC, FS; Liaison toOASD-HA; USAF International Health Special-ist Program (Courtesy of FHP&R)
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Issue 21, December 2010