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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 PSP Treasure Chest September and October Edition

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9/4/2018
DoD Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest

Welcome to the September/October edition of the DoD PSP Treasure Chest! Each issue, we share resources to help you execute your day-to-day patient safety activities easily and effectively. Please visit us often and get access to tools and information developed for our committed MHS patient safety champions!

How sharing my PTSD struggles helped others—and me

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9/4/2018
Army Sgt. Jon Harmon lost both legs after stepping on an improvised explosive device while on a 2012 Afghanistan mission. Today he speaks to commands and veterans about his personal struggle with mental health and how he works to overcome it. (Photo by Kevin Fleming, U.S. Army Sustainment Command)

Army Sgt. Jon Harman 82nd Airborne Division, liaison officer at Walter Reed Military Medical Center

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Mental Wellness | Mental Health Care | Suicide Prevention | Men's Health

Army researchers develop tasty, healthy performance bar

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9/4/2018
Two U.S. Army soldiers eat a version of the Performance Readiness Bar. USARIEM researchers will monitor them to test whether the bar affects bone density. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. David Kamm)

Researchers aren’t working to provide recruits and soldiers with something that only tastes good; it has to make sense for their nutrition

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Health Readiness | Nutrition

Feature: Improving Patient Safety by Improving Health Literacy Transparency

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9/4/2018
Army Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III, a plastic surgeon at William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, Texas, is seated while he discusses options available for reconstructive surgery with a female patient. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army by Marcy Sanchez)

The Military Health System’s sharing of quality, patient safety and access information online empowers patients to ask questions and improve their health literacy

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Patient Safety | eBulletin

Patient Safety in Action: Huddles around Whiteboards Help Airmen See the Big Picture

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9/4/2018
Lt. Col. Laura Lewis points to the whiteboard as she speaks with Maj. Jill Hibbert about action items on the leadership daily management board. The 61st Medical Squadron at the Los Angeles Air Force Base discuss uses the boards to track information shared during huddles to improve visibility and accountability.

Air Force military treatment facilities use visual management boards to improve teamwork and communication across frontline staff and leadership.

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Patient Safety | eBulletin

Guard Soldier uses medical skills to save boy’s life

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8/31/2018
New York Army National Guard Spc. Nicole McKenzie, shown here in a personal photo, used her combat life-saving skills to help save the life of a 12-year-old boy who jumped from an overpass in Yonkers, New York, Aug. 3, 2018. (Courtesy photo)

McKenzie just completed combat life-saving training and immediately began to triage the injuries the boy sustained in the fall

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Health Readiness

Military medical museum archives acquires historic hospital newspaper series

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8/30/2018
Trenton Streck-Havill, assistant archivist in the National Museum of Health and Medicine’s Otis Historical Archives (OHA), finishes identifying Service Stripe newspaper source photos by searching through film negatives from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Archives that are included in the OHA’s collections.  In May 2018, the OHA acquired 64 bound volumes of Service Stripe and 87 bound volumes of Stripe from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  The weekly newspaper ceased publication in 2011. (National Museum of Health and Medicine photo by Matthew Breitbart)

Originally called Service Stripe, the newspaper covered the people and events at the former military hospital until the paper ceased publication in August 2011

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National Museum of Health and Medicine

Borden Institute encourages submission of new publication ideas

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8/29/2018
Borden Institute logo

Art and science of military medicine submissions encouraged

Retiring from active duty? Take action, make an enrollment choice

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8/29/2018
When you retire from active duty, you and your family have a change in status. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Cristian L. Ricardo)

When you retire from active duty, your TRICARE plan options will change

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TRICARE Health Program

Navy Medicine global health team conducts trauma exchange in Vietnam

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8/28/2018
The 13 Navy Medicine members stand together on the first day of the Integrated Trauma and Medical Readiness Exchange engagement in Vietnam. (U.S. Navy photo by Capt. Joel Roos)

Sharing trauma management skills was the focus of this exchange

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Global Health Engagement

AFMES participates in 'Safe and Sound' week

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8/27/2018
Air Force Tech Sgt. Aisuluu Alford (left) and Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Tutt, both Armed Forces Medical Examiner System forensic toxicology laboratory technicians, grab supplies out of the Shelter-In-Place Kit during a Shelter-In-Place exercise. The exercise was part of Safe and Sound week where AFMES personnel were able to engage in different safety activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm)

Safe and Sound Week is a nationwide campaign to raise awareness and understanding of safety and health programs within the workplace

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Armed Forces Medical Examiner System | Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner

MHSRS Young Investigator competition awards announced

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8/23/2018
Keisuke Kawata, Ph.D. (left), of the Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health, Indiana University, receives the first-place award for “Association of Increased Serum S100B Levels with High School Football Subconcussive Head Impacts.” (MHS photo)

Three take top honors in highly competitive field

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MHSRS 2018

TRICARE Access during an evacuation or natural disaster

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8/23/2018
Take Command of your health

Having a disaster preparedness plan for you and your family is a great way to help keep you safe

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TRICARE Health Program | Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief | Emergency Preparedness and Response

Beyond the Golden Hour to the Platinum Ten Minutes

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8/23/2018
Navy Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, director, medical resources, plans and policy, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and other senior leaders speak at the general officer round-table discussion during the 2018 Military Health System Research Symposium. (MHS photo)

The next fight is going to be very different from past conflicts

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MHSRS 2018

MHSRS session focuses on war-sparked innovation

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8/22/2018
Air Force Col. Todd Rasmussen said battlefield research was uniquely requirements-driven, lifecycle by nature, and designed to deliver specific products. (Courtesy photo by USU)

Pace called an extraordinary story of U.S. medicine

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MHSRS 2018
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