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Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division

FAQs
6/7/2023

Questions and answers about the AFHSD

Pelvic Health Rehabilitation: A Mission Critical Resource that Enables Military Readiness

Article Around MHS
6/7/2023
U.S. Army Lt Col. (Dr.) Leigh Anne Lechanski, department chief of rehabilitation at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, guides a patient through a pelvic floor muscle exercise training session using a surface electromyography biofeedback system. This intervention gives patients a visual aid and objective information about muscle activation in the pelvic floor structures. (Courtesy Photo)

Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction can present with symptoms such as pelvic pain, incontinence, constipation, abdominal weakness, and pelvic organ prolapse. These conditions can significantly impact female service members' physical and emotional health.

Clinical Communities Speaker Series, "Clinical Updates to Optimize Patient Outcomes in Primary Care"

Calendar Event
6/6/2023

This event will explore the evidence-based practices in primary care through educational content created by military and civilian subject matter experts specializing in bioethics, research, healthcare, and academia

Nursing in the Military Health System

Spotlight
6/6/2023
Nurses Week Spotlight image

Nurses across the Military Health System are making a difference. They serve in leading roles to maintain military health and readiness and help make transformative changes in military medicine.

Military Health System Confronts Stigma Surrounding Mental Health Care

Article
6/6/2023
Military Health System Confronts Stigma Surrounding Mental Health Care

Stigma can be a barrier to a service member seeking support for their mental health. Recognizing mental health as part of overall health and changing attitudes are keys to addressing it.

What’s the Buzz? Bug Week is Here, June 10-17

Article
6/6/2023
Bug Week is June 10-17. From fun activities at the Bugapalooza kick-off event to education for the service member and their families about diseases transmitted by bugs, we’ve got you covered. (Credit: Nicholas Roeder, DHA)

Bug Week kicks off with Bugapalooza to educate you on the good and bad in bugs and how some can transmit diseases.

Virtual Medical Center Awarded for Ground-Breaking Technologies

Article Around MHS
6/6/2023
Zekelia Rembert and Anna Moore, virtual health nurse care coordinators, coordinate virtual health projects and outline participating military hospitals and clinics at the Virtual Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, on May 16, 2019. Virtual health nurse care coordinators train nurses at varying military hospitals and clinics while providing each nurse with 3.5 hours of continued education. Moore created the program. (Photo by Jason W. Edwards, U.S. Army)

The Virtual Medical Center at Brooke Army Medical Center will be recognized for four groundbreaking programs at the 2023 FORUM Information Technology Innovation Awards on June 7 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Immunization Tool Kit 9th Edition

Publication
6/6/2023

A practical reference that facilitates and enhances the global delivery of quality immunization healthcare to Department of Defense beneficiaries and employees. The Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division publishes the Immunization Tool Kit based on national recommendations, evidenced-based, peer-reviewed published medical literature, and clinical practice guidelines.

Bug Week

Calendar Event
6/5/2023

This summer, we're celebrating Bug Week from June 10 through 17 to educate you about bug-borne illnesses you may encounter at home and at forward-deployed operational sites. Mark your calendars! We ANT-icipate a really great time!!!

Mental Health is Health

Spotlight
6/5/2023
Mental Health is Health

The Military Health System has many resources available to help service members, families, or veterans who are struggling with mental health challenges.

U.S. Space Force Details Holistic Health Approach, Continuous Fitness Assessment Study

Article Around MHS
6/5/2023
The U.S. Space Force becomes the first service component to use wearables to keep track of their Guardians fitness and other measures of readiness, with the introduction of the holistic health approach. (Graphic by U.S. Space Force)

The U.S. Space Force is implementing a holistic health approach for uniformed Guardians, including a voluntary two-year continuous fitness assessment study to assess and validate a new fitness concept using wearable devices for the service.

Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis Diseases and Vaccines

Fact Sheet
6/5/2023

This information paper describes tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis diseases, and the vaccines to prevent them.

Bed Bug Awareness Week: Lunch and Learn

Calendar Event
6/2/2023

Dr. Maria A Gonzales-Morales, Entomologist, DCPH-A, will discuss how to approach bed bug infestations, alleviate the social stigma associated with them and raise awareness of the hardest pest to eradicate in the US.

New FDA Guidance for Long-standing Deferral; HIV Changes

Photo
6/2/2023
New FDA Guidance for Long-standing Deferral; HIV Changes

The Food and Drug Administration has issued new guidance on blood donations, removing some long-standing deferrals. In addition to this, the FDA is also considering moving towards an individualized risk-based approach when deciding donor eligibility. These changes are related to HIV medications and those at risk for contracting HIV. (credit: Swati Agani)

New FDA Guidance for Long-standing Deferral; HIV Changes

Article
6/2/2023
New FDA Guidance for Long-standing Deferral; HIV Changes

The Food and Drug Administration issued new guidance on blood donations, removing some long-standing deferrals. In addition to this, the FDA is also considering moving towards an individualized risk-based approach when deciding donor eligibility. These changes are related to HIV medications and those at risk for contracting HIV.

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