Woodson details global health support

Woodson details global health support. | Courtesy of the Department of Defense
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. Jonathan Woodson issued a statement through the Health.mil website this week detailing the Military Health System’s (MHS) efforts for global health.

A major focus of military health efforts has been tied to readiness among service members and overall global health engagement (GHE). Through this approach, public health threats from around the world have become a focus for research and development.

Woodson stated that he participated in the Asia-Pacific Military Health Exchange (APMHE) and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) that took place in Vietnam and South Korea, respectively.

During the APMHE, Woodson detailed the work of the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force in their GHE efforts. This includes forming medical partnerships with international agencies through the Air Force’s International Health Specialist (IHS) program and the promotion of medical diplomacy in several training and collaborative programs.

Woodson also detailed the research programs of the MHS for vaccine candidates for the Ebola virus and HIV. He also noted surveillance and laboratory services that have been working to detect and record different biological threats.

“Global health engagement is and will remain a pillar of our commitment to the health and well-being of the warfighter, even as its impact extends far beyond our borders,” Woodson said. “We should take great pride in knowing that military medicine has the power to help shape a world of greater health and security.”

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Defense Health Agency 7700 Arlington Blvd Falls Church, VA 22042

Air Force 2100 North Long Beach Boulevard Compton, CA 90221

U.S. Navy 2 N Rotary Rd Arlington, VA 22202

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