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The Military Health System (MHS) is an interconnected network of Service Members whose mission is to support the lives and families of those who support our country. Everyday in the MHS advancements are made in the lab, in the field, and here at home. These are just a few articles highlighting those accomplishments that don't always make it to the front page of local papers.

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MHS looks to decrease substance abuse, as numbers rose in 2020

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1/22/2021
Shadowed image of person sitting at a desk with their head down

Alcohol use remains high in the military, but treatment for substance abuse is evolving.

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RHC-Europe Soldiers compete for Army Best Medic title

Article
1/21/2021
Soldiers in the snow, pulling a sled of materials

Army Sgt. Metcalf and Spc. Galdamez prepare to compete in the 2021 Command Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark Jr. U.S. Army Best Medic Competition later in the month at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

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MHS Transformation results continue during COVID-19

Article
1/21/2021
Military personnel in a supply room, reaching for the top shelf

The MTF transition has enabled the DHA and the Services to increase standardization, eliminate duplicative contracts, and realize cost efficiencies by beginning the management of an enterprise-wide program.

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Medical mentoring fosters retention, improved health care delivery

Article
1/19/2021
Two medical military personnel in an operating room

Naval medical officer mentoring continues across career in a variety of modalities.

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NAMRU-SA partakes in virtual San Antonio postdoctoral research forum

Article
1/19/2021
Military officer sitting at her desk and smiling

For NAMRU-SA it was an opportunity to highlight the unit’s battlefield health and trauma care initiatives.

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DOD recommends adults 75 and older should seek COVID-19 vaccine

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1/19/2021
Nursing home members, wearing masks, wait in a line to get their COVID vaccine

This age recommendation differs slightly from that of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends vaccinations for those 65 and older.

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One Marine’s journey to recovery through adaptive sports

Article
1/15/2021
Woman in wheelchair on podium; holding up prosthetic leg

Marine veteran Annika Hutsler credits Military Adaptive Sports for helping her transition to civilian life.

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Lessons of service-before-self epitomize Dr. King's legacy

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1/15/2021
Outline of Dr. Martin Luther King, with text: "Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18, 2021"

DHA pays tribute to the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a #MonthOfService observance throughout January.

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Partnerships, COVID-19 are catalysts for enterprise virtual health

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1/14/2021
Image of Mr. Adler with text: "Partnerships, COVID-19 are catalysts for enterprise virtual health."

Jamie Adler, the lead for the DHA’s Virtual Health Clinical Integration Office, discusses the future of virtual health (VH).

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NH Guantanamo Bay Lt. named as Subspecialty Officer of the Year

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1/14/2021
Navy Lt. Ara Gutierrez, Naval Readiness and Training Command Guantanamo Bay, was selected Navy Medicine’s Medical Technology Subspecialty Junior Officer of the Year for 2020.

Gutierrez said she was genuinely surprised and honored to represent medicine’s "hidden profession.”

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COVID-19 hinders blood donations during National Blood Donor Month

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1/14/2021
Navy Capt. R. Wade Blizzard, commanding officer of U.S. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia, donates blood for the Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Units Diego Garcia walking blood bank on Dec. 17, 2020. The walking blood bank is a list of eligible donors who can provide blood in case of emergency. (U.S. Navy photo by Navy Seaman Apprentice Stevin Atkins)

Life-saving blood is in high-demand by the Armed Services Blood Program, as the COVID-19 has negatively impacted donations.

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MHS refractive surgery experts discuss warfighter readiness

Article
1/13/2021
Image of Mr. McCaffery looking at a monitor with an eye on it

Refractive surgery is any surgery that eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses.

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Get into fighting weight with the 2021 Total Force Fitness Challenge

Article
1/12/2021
Soldier, wearing a mask, with fists ready to punch

The 2021 Total Force Fitness Challenge helps Service Members recommit to their fitness and weight goals by promoting holistic aspects of health and performance that can impact their weight.

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COVID presents new set of challenges for DOD environmental health

Article
1/12/2021
Group of Marines, snowshoeing through the snow

One of the most important factors to take into account when maintaining one’s overall fitness is physical environment.

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Mentoring builds strong bonds and a network of support

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1/11/2021
Three military personnel, wearing masks, having a discussion in a room

January serves as National Mentoring Month.

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