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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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DoD to restructure 50 hospitals, clinics to improve readiness

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2/19/2020
The Department of Defense today announced plans to restructure 50 military hospitals and clinics to better support wartime readiness of military personnel and to improve clinical training for medical forces who deploy in support of combat operations around the world. (DoD file photo)

The restructuring effort focused on strengthening the prime responsibility of military medical facilities for training medical personnel

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Total Force Fitness: advice you can sink your teeth into

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2/18/2020
Good dental hygiene is essential to keeping the armed forces healthy. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Kyle Gladding, from Montgomery, Alabama, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford's dental department, prepares a patient for a dental x-ray. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brigitte Johnston)

Healthy teeth are essential to a medically ready warfighter

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Call for 2020 Military Health System Research Symposium abstracts open

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2/14/2020
Navy Rear Adm. Darin K. Via, deputy chief, Readiness and Health, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, meets with Mr. Mike Galarneau, director, Operational Readiness & Health, Naval Health Research Center, during poster presentations while attending MHSRS 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by John Marciano)

MHSRS is the Department of Defense’s premier scientific meeting

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Building, sustaining combat readiness through basic first aid

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2/12/2020
Sailors treat a patient with simulated chest and arm wounds during a general quarters drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kashif Basharat)

A skill that every Sailor on the ship should be able to perform is a basic trauma assessment

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Epidemiology lab supports flu vaccine development

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2/11/2020
Air Force Staff Sgt. Gerald Gatlin prepares serology samples in the immunodiagnostic section of the Epidemiology Laboratory Service, also known as the ‘Epi Lab,’ at the 711th Human Performance Wing’s United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and Public Health at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

The lab shares information with the CDC and helps push potential changes to the influenza vaccine each year

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5 tips to manage separation for military families

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2/10/2020
1st Sgt. Doranda Denetclaw, a senior enlisted advisor assigned to 528th Hospital Center, 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, III Corps, U.S. Forces Command, holds her daughter after returning to Fort Bliss, Texas, October 23, 2019, after a nine-month deployment to Iraq in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Matthew Marcellus)

As service members deploy, the Military Health System provides a few coping strategies for the families back home

Top military hospitals to set bar for surgical care in MHS

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2/7/2020
Surgical care within the Military Health System helps build and maintain a ready medical force. Results from the adult ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program assist the MHS in creating policy and verifying surgical skills throughout the enterprise's military hospitals. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mike DiMestico/Released)

The Military Health System uses the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program to better inform surgical standards.

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Listen to your heart in February with Total Force Fitness

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2/6/2020
Navy Lt. Karl Yves Marie Grand Pierre, a physician assistant at Naval Branch Health Clinic Kings Bay, Georgia, checks Seaman Ashley Jackett’s heart. DoD recommends that all service members and beneficiaries do just that: listen to your heart and build healthy heart habits. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel, Naval Hospital Jacksonville)

Heart health is key to a medically ready military force; the Military Health System looks at this subject through the Total Force Fitness framework

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MHS prepared to support interagency coronavirus response

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2/6/2020
Airmen assist one another in donning their personal protective equipment, while on-board an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III during transportation isolation system training at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Engineered and implemented after the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014, the TIS is an enclosure the Department of Defense can use to safely transport patients with diseases like novel coronavirus. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody R. Miller)

From R&D to force health protection, MHS protects DoD personnel and families

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Jacksonville Market strengthens medical readiness, patients’ health

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2/5/2020
Dr. Barclay Butler, Defense Health Agency's assistant director for management, Navy Rear Adm. Anne Swap, commander, Naval Medical Forces Atlantic, and Navy Capt. Matthew Case, commander of Naval Hospital Jacksonville and commanding officer of Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville, discuss the Jacksonville Market with community partners at the hospital. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel, Naval Hospital Jacksonville)

The Jacksonville Market serves 163,000 beneficiaries, including about 72,000 who are enrolled with a primary care manager

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Eyes on it: Optometry clinic ensures mission readiness

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2/4/2020
Dr. Courtney Humphrey, 633rd Aerospace Medicine Squadron optometrist, holds a lens used to look into a patient’s eye at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Jan. 27, 2020. Humphrey is one of three doctors in the Langley AFB optometry clinic, treating active duty personnel from all branches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sarah Dowe)

Eye exams are more than just reading a chart

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World Cancer Day emphasizes screenings to save lives

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2/4/2020
World Cancer Day is an international day marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.

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MHS raises awareness of heart health on National Wear Red Day

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2/4/2020
National Wear Red Day helps raise awareness of heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Join us for National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 7. Wear red, snap a photo with your family and friends, and share it on social media using the hashtag #WearRedDay. (MHS photo)

Dress for success (a healthy heart) Friday Feb. 7

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The benefits of dog walking

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2/3/2020
Spending time with your dog is a great way to work on the eight pillars of Total Force Fitness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can also help manage loneliness and depression by providing companionship. (Courtesy photo)

Dog walking not only encourages people to get out of their homes and socialize, but pets also benefit

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Army Medicine senior leaders meet to map out medical transformation

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1/31/2020
Key leaders at the Army Medicine Senior Leader Forum watch Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, Army Surgeon General, at podium during the Army Medicine Senior Leaders Forum on Jan. 28, 2020, to discuss issues related to the transformation of Army Medicine and how to manage the way ahead to ensure optimal medical readiness for soldiers and all military medical beneficiaries. Attendees include the Director of the Defense Health Agency, Army  Lt. Gen. Ronald Place (left foreground), and Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) Thomas McCaffery (center foreground). The forum was held at Fort Belvoir and involved about 350 leaders. (U.S. Army photo by Jenie Fisher)

Since World War II, of 18 studies on the military health services, almost all recommended consolidating the three into a single health care organization

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