Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch Joins Defense Health Agency

Newswise — SILVER SPRING, MD, August 23, 2015 – The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC) when it joins the Defense Health Agency (DHA) today, and brings its expertise in tracking injuries and illnesses among the service members and conducting global health surveillance among its allies to support U.S. national security interests.
AFHSC will operate under DHA’s Public Health Division, which reports to the Healthcare Operations Directorate. DHA, which was established in October, 2013, is responsible for delivering integrated health services to the beneficiaries of the Military Health System (MHS) and driving greater integration of clinical and business processes across the MHS.
AFHSC provides integrated health surveillance analysis to Department of Defense policy makers, and military commanders, healthcare providers and public health officers to assist the MHS in shaping their health protection and preventive medicine programs for service members and associated populations.

“We’re excited about joining DHA. The ultimate goal for AFHSC is to make sure that its customers – Department of Defense policymakers, military commanders, public health officers and healthcare providers – have the health surveillance information necessary for them to shape their preventive measures that protect our forces,” said Colonel Michael Bell, who is AFHSC’s Chief. “AFHSC’s mission is to make sure that our military leaders and interagency partners have timely and comprehensive health surveillance data in their hands to make those decisions.”
As part of the merger, personnel and health surveillance assets from the U.S. Army Public Health Command, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center will join AFHSC as satellites. The satellites and AFHSC will work to share data, and improve the health surveillance products they deliver to those overseeing force health protection and readiness among service members.
AFHSC is currently organized in to three sections: Epidemiology and Analysis (E&A), Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS), and Integrated Biosurveillance.

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