Woodson details global health support
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.”