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Global Health Engagement Toolkit

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Department of Defense Instruction (DODI) 2000.30 defines Global Health Engagement (GHE) as the interaction between the DOD and Partner Nations’ armed forces or civilian authorities, in coordination with the U.S. interagency, to build trust and confidence, share information, coordinate mutual activities, maintain influence, and achieve interoperability in support of U.S. national security policy and military strategy. GHE activities establish, reconstitute, maintain, or improve the capabilities or capacities of the partner nation’s military or civilian health sector, or those of the DOD.

GHE activities serve as key strategic enablers to advance readiness, build interoperability, and enhance Security Cooperation, with a focus on the following areas:

  • Force Heath Protection
  • Partner Nation capacity-building and interoperability
  • Humanitarian assistance and foreign disaster relief
  • Nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs

Advancing Readiness of the Force

GHE activities offer critical opportunities to build a ready medical and a medically ready force, reduce risks to the warfighter, and foster the mission-capable status of Partner Nations' forces so they can better contribute to globally integrated health services, rapidly respond to disasters or outbreaks, and partner in the fight against global threat networks. 

To guarantee that the Department remains the greatest joint fighting force in the world, we will continue to build unity of effort and mission across components, commands, services, and theaters. 

Building Partnership and Interoperability

GHE activities, including subject matter experts exchanges and joint exercises, enhance Partner Nation military medical capabilities and promote mutual awareness, familiarity, and confidence, thus improving response to disasters or outbreaks, contributions to globally integrated health services, and partnerships to advance shared interests to maintain regional stability and security. 

Protecting the United States of America requires teamwork at every level: state, local, tribal, and Federal. 

Enhancing Security Cooperation

GHE enhances security cooperation. GHE activities develop partner nation's critical capabilities and capacities, resulting in increased self-reliance. By building trust and cooperation, GHE activities often serve to facilitate partnerships in other sectors, further deepening our alliances. 

Our allies and partners are a force of multiplier and one of the greatest strategic assets we have in protecting our Nation. 

Did You Know?

Use any of these key messages to create social content for your platforms using the hashtag, #DYK: 

  • #DYK? GHE was codified in 2017 by DOD Instruction 2000.30, which defines GHE as interactions between DOD and partner nations' civilian or military stakeholders, in coordination with the USG interagency, to build trust, share information, coordinate activities, maintain influence, and achieve interoperability in health-related activities in support of the U.S. national security policy and military strategy. 
  • #DYK? The spectrum of GHE activities encompasses multiple security cooperation activities spanning force health protection, building partner capacity, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, as well as the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's cooperative threat reduction programs. 
  • #DYK? Partnerships with integrated health services advance shared interests. GHE helps strengthen interoperability and maintain regional stability and security via targeted health activities that strengthen interoperability and advance US interests. 
  • #DYK? International Health Specialists drive activities that improve medical capabilities of both U.S. and partner nations forces. Proactive health engagement helps make medical support sustainable globally. 
  • #DYK? There's a network of clinical laboratories across the globe. These labs model medical diplomacy. Collaborations occur for biomedical research, medical product development, disease outbreak response and disease surveillance. 
  • #DYK? International Health Specialists help with security by offering medical services that leads to what we call security cooperation. U.S. medical forces are usually able to operate more seamlessly and rapidly with allies when there is an existing relationship. 

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Global Health Engagement

Suggested social media message: The Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) has partnered with over 80 nations since its inception. Today with 55 partner nation militaries, the program works to curb a global HIV/AIDS epidemic. #DHAPP assists partner militaries in the development and implementation HIV prevention programs through trainings and various activities. #DODGHE


Global Health Engagement

Suggested social media message: Medical Pods at the temporary Joint Mobility Processing Center at Ramstein Air Base, Germany are just the first stop for medical care for newly arrived evacuees during Operation Allies Refuge. #DODGHE 
TAGS: 
FB: @Ramstein Air Base, Germany
TW: @RamsteinAirBase
IG: @RamsteinAirBaseOfficial


Global Health Engagement

Suggested social media message: Since 1994, the Colorado State Guard has conducted medical security cooperation with Slovenia. Every year, Guardsmen participate in Adriatic Strike, a Slovenian-led, multinational exercise that enhances interoperability and serves as a model for regional interoperability among Balkan partners. During these engagements, Guardsmen build relationships with their counterparts that continue throughout their careers. #DODGHE
TAGS
FB: @Colorado National Guard
TW: @CONG1860
IG: @coguard1860


Global Health Engagement

Suggested social media message: The African Partnership Outbreak Response Alliance, or #APORA, started in 2014 as an information sharing network to combat the spread of Ebola. Today, the network is enabling member nations to coordinate COVID-19 response efforts and share lessons learned. International Health Service (#IHS) at USAFE-AFARICA coordinated the first virtual APORA even during the pandemic to ensure continuity of collaboration. #DODGHE
TAGS:
FB: @U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)
TW: @USAfricaCommand
IG: @USAAfricaCommand
USAFE-AFAFRICA
TW: @HQUSAFEAFEAF
FB: @HQUSAFE
IG: @usafe_afafrica
International Health Specialist (#IHS)
FB: @International Health Specialist
TW: @AirForceIHS


Global Health Engagement

Suggested social media message: For the last 60 years, the U.S and Thailand have been partners addressing critical issues for public health. This year, the U.S was able to donate 2.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to the people of Thailand to help save lives and put an end to the #COVID19pandemic. #DODGHE


Global Health Engagement

Suggested social media message: Building mutual trust: The 64th MED DET (VSS) led a three-day U.S.-Serbian engagement which focused on canine tactical combat casualty care (K9TCCC). This engagement fostered a relationship that didn't exist before, and laid Ground work for future partnerships between U.S. and Serbian forces. #DODGHE
TAGS: 
FB: @64thMDVSS


Global Health Engagement

Suggested social media messageUS Africa Command oversees the medical component of the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (#APRRP), a U.S. Department of State (DoS)-funded program which aims to build the capacity of African militaries to rapidly deploy peacekeepers. #DODGHE
TAGS: 
FB:@U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)
TW: @USAfricaCommand
IG: @USAAfricaCommand

FB: @U.S. Department of State
TW: @StateDept
IG: @StateDept


Global Health Engagement

Suggested social media message:  The @DeptofDefense’s $150 million package for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) includes training, equipment, and advisory efforts to help Ukraine’s forces preserve the country’s territorial integrity, secure its borders, and improve interoperability with (#NATO). This includes a medical component with US EUCOM oversight.  #DODGHE
TAGS: 
FB: @U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
TW: @DeptofDefense
IG: @DeptofDefense

FB/TW/IG: @NATO


Global Health Engagement

Suggested social media messageThe Richard G. Lugar Center for Public Health Research is home to the Georgian National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (#NCDC) and the U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Georgia (USAMRD-G), an overseas infectious disease laboratory of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (#WRAIR). The U.S. government funded the construction of the Lugar Center (overseen by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency) and is owned by the Georgian government. #DODGHE
TAGS
FB: U.S. Army 
TW: @USARMY
IG: @USARMY

FB: @Walter Reed Army Institute of Research 
TW: @WRAIR
IG: @WRAIR_Official  


Global Health Engagement

Suggested social media messageDid you know International Health Specialists help with security by offering medical services that leads to what we call security cooperation? U.S. medical forces are usually able to operate more seamlessly and rapidly with allies when there is an existing relationship. #DoDGHE


Global Health Engagement

Suggested social media message: Did you know there’s a network of clinical laboratories across the globe? These labs model medical diplomacy. Collaborations occur for biomedical research, medical product development, disease outbreak response, and disease surveillance.  #DoDGHE


Global Health Engagement

Suggested social media messageDid you know Global Health Engagement was codified in 2017 by DoD Instruction 2000.30, which defines GHE as interactions between DoD and partner nations’ civilian or military stakeholders, in coordination with the USG interagency, to build trust, share information, coordinate activities, maintain influence, and achieve interoperability in health-related activities in support of U.S. national security policy and military strategy? #DoDGHE


Global Health Engagement

Suggested social media message: Did you know International Health Specialists drive activities that improve medical capabilities of both U.S. and partner nation forces? Proactive health engagements help make medical support sustainable globally. #DoDGHE


Global Health Engagement

Suggested social media message: Did you know partnerships with integrated health services advance shared interests? GHE helps strengthen interoperability and maintain regional stability and security via targeted health activities that strengthen interoperability and advance US interests. DoDGHE


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