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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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Recognizing, acting on a cry for help to prevent the tragedy of suicide

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9/25/2019
Suicide Prevention Month graphic

You can be the difference between life and death

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DoD, HHS implement Executive Order to modernize flu vaccines

Article
9/25/2019
Health care experts recommend that everyone 6 months and older – including the elderly, chronically ill people, and expectant mothers – receive the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available. (DoD photo)

New task force aims to increase efficiency, effectiveness

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Immunization Healthcare | Immunizations

International medics tackle Tactical Combat Casualty Care

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9/23/2019
Air Force students provide cover while pulling a ‘wounded’ training mannequin out of simulated line-of-fire during the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Battlefield simulation drills are vital to provide medics and combat personnel with realistic situations where they provide life-saving care and evacuation of wounded. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Lackey)

TCCC has become the new standard of medical training proficiency for military personnel

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Combat Support | Health Readiness

Naval Hospital Pensacola transitions to DHA, stands up readiness training commands

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9/20/2019
Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Joren Seibert uses cryotherapy for wart removal at Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville’s primary care. Seibert, a native of Galesburg, Illinois, says, “I started in the Navy as a deck seaman and can now proudly say I’m a hospital corpsman. The people we care for deserve nothing but the best. Being able to directly help those folks every day is what keeps me coming back and what motivates me to continue being a better corpsman." (U.S. Navy photo by Jacob Sippel)

To support the transition, Navy Medicine is establishing a co-located readiness and training command

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MHS Transformation | Military Hospitals and Clinics

Bring your TRICARE benefit questions to September 26 webinar

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9/20/2019
U.S. Navy Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Jay Ross, a doctor of dental surgery, Operational Health Support Unit (OHSU) San Deigo, Calif., poses for a portrait during the Innovative Readiness Training Appalachian Care 2019, Aug 25, 2019, Wise, Virginia. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Cessna)

The Ask TRICARE webinar is one of many TRICARE resources to help you get answers to your questions

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A surprise delivery at Fort Bragg’s maternity fair

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9/19/2019
Pamela Riis (in pink the pink top) learns more about the use of nitrous oxide during labor at the semiannual Fort Bragg Maternity Fair. More than 300 pregnant women, soon-to-be dads, parents of infants, and those planning to have a baby soon participated in the event. (U.S. Army photo by Patricia Beal)

For Linda Steadman, a certified nursing assistant, this will be a day to remember

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Children's Health | Women's Health | Military Hospitals and Clinics

New DHA director visits Europe, talks military healthcare consolidation

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9/18/2019
Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place (center), director of the Defense Health Agency, talks to two civilian staff personnel during a recent visited the U.S. Army Health Clinic Stuttgart, Sept. 11, 2019, Stuttgart, Germany. The Department of Defense is preparing for the next major step in consolidating military hospitals and clinics under a single agency, one of the largest organizational changes within the U.S. military in decades. (U.S. Army photo by Rey Ramon)

The standardization process...will be applied across all aspects of healthcare and will ensure more consistency throughout the services

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Suicide prevention is a year-round effort

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9/18/2019
Navy Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Sebastian Castano, an assistant suicide prevention coordinator assigned to Naval Station Mayport, ties a yellow ribbon around a tree at Mayport Memorial Park in recognition of Suicide Awareness Month. Participants tied yellow ribbons to represent the 46 active duty Sailors lost to suicide in 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alana Langdon)

The ultimate goal is to not get to a crisis situation – it’s to prevent suicide by building resilience

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U.S. builds bonds in Papua New Guinea

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9/17/2019
Navy Lt. Austin Stokes, (right), and Air Force Maj. Nicole Smith (center), both dentists, talk to a patient at the Pacific Angel 19-4 health outreach site in Lae, Papua New Guinea. The health outreach site is comprised of five clinics including primary care, optometry, dental, physical therapy and pharmacy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

This is the second Pacific Angel exercise conducted in Papua New Guinea

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Get Ready: TRICARE Open Season, Federal Benefits Open Season begins Nov. 11

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9/16/2019
Take Command of Your Health

Now is the time to make changes to your current health, dental, and vision plan coverage

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Unleashing innovation to support field medics, corpsmen

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9/13/2019
A drone lifts off during the Hive Final Mile demonstration on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Drones are one of the autonomous technologies that might soon be helping medics provide care for warfighters on distant battlefields. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacqueline A. Clifford)

Imagine unmanned vehicles bringing medical supplies or blood products to support a field medic’s care of wounded soldiers, or even transporting a wounded warfighter to safety. Researchers at the Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, or TATRC, are collaborating with the Services, academia and private industry to make such scenarios a reality.

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Proper pain management with a proper scale

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9/12/2019
The Defense and Veteran’s Pain Rating Scale

A new pain scale that measures intensity and effects on daily life helps providers and patients better understand pain

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Health agencies investigating severe lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use

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9/12/2019
"While the CDC investigation of the possible cases of lung illness and deaths reportedly associated with the use of e-cigarette products is ongoing, Service members and their families or dependents are encouraged not to use e-cigarette products,” advised Dr. Terry Adirim, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Services Policy and Oversight. (DoD photo)

Thirty-three states report 450 possible cases, six deaths

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MHS GENESIS goes live at next wave of Military Treatment Facilities

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9/7/2019
Sean Harap, Tripler Army Medical Center physician, performs a physical exam for U.S. Air Force Capt. Joshua Gscheidmeier, 128th Air Refueling Wing, at Tripler Army Medical Center May 8, 2014, in Honolulu.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Three sites in California, one in Idaho deploy new electronic health care delivery system

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Peterson Airmen save life

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9/6/2019
Airmen 1st Class Brittany Wright and Tiffany Duffus, 21st Operational Medical Readiness Squadron dental lab technicians, tell their story of successfully responding to a friend with suicidal thoughts Aug. 22, 2019 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Both Airmen received the Air Force Achievement Medal and were asked to attend the Air Force Association National Convention in September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow)

Two Airmen from the 21st Operational Medical Readiness Squadron dental lab, successfully responded to a friend from another Air Force base with suicidal thoughts.

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