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MHS Health Care Glossary

Military Health System (MHS) Health Care Glossary serves as the official repository and consolidated reference (as a secondary source) for terms and definitions used within the MHS. Some terms may have multiple and varying definitions based on the context and primary source of authority. Note that certain definitions may be approved only for limited use in a single primary reference document, while others may have broad applicability in multiple contexts and issuances. To determine the most appropriate definition in a particular context, consult all relevant source documents. Any disparities between this Glossary and primary sources are unintentional, and the primary source shall control.

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Disaster Mental Health

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/28/2019

Provision of prevention, outreach, screening, triage, psychological first aid, education, and referral services to individuals and groups who have had or may have had exposure to an all hazards incident.

Source of Definition:

DODI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Related Glossary Terms:

Disaster Mental Health | Disaster Mental Health

Disaster Mental Health Response

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/28/2019

Designated team that provides command consultation, prevention, outreach, screening, triage, psychological first aid, education, and referral services following an all-hazards incident.

Source of Definition:

DODI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Related Glossary Terms:

Disaster Mental Health Response

Isolation

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/28/2019

The separation of an individual or group infected or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease from those who are healthy in such a place and manner to prevent the spread of the communicable disease.

Source of Definition:

DODI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Related Glossary Terms:

Isolation | Isolation

Receipt Staging and Storage Site (RSS Site)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/28/2019

Sites with adequate warehouse space, cargo management, and logistics assets that accept Strategic National Stockpile assets deployed to state, local, tribal, territorial public health authorities for secure storage.

Source of Definition:

DODI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Related Glossary Terms:

RSS Site

Closed Point of Despensing

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/28/2019

A site intended for the dispensation of medications to a select or pre-defined population, not the general public.

Source of Definition:

DODI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Related Glossary Terms:

Closed Point of Despensing

Communicable Disease

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/28/2019

An illness due to a specific infectious agent or its toxic products that arises through transmission of that agent or its products from an infected or affected individual, animal, or a reservoir to a susceptible host, either directly or ...

Source of Definition:

DODI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Related Glossary Terms:

Communicable Disease | Communicable Disease

Laboratory Response Network (LRN)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/28/2019

A diverse national and international laboratory network of local, State, and Federal public health, hospital-based, food testing, veterinary and environmental testing laboratories that provide rapid detection assays and laboratory diagnostics ...

Source of Definition:

DODI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Related Glossary Terms:

Laboratory Response Network | Laboratory Response Network | Laboratory Response Network

Restriction of Movement

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/28/2019

Limiting movement of an individual or group to prevent or diminish the transmission of a communicable disease, including limiting ingress and egress to, from, or on a military installation; isolation; quarantine; and conditional release.

Source of Definition:

DODI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Related Glossary Terms:

Restriction of Movement | Restriction of Movement

Service Public Health Centers

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/28/2019

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, U.S. Army Public Health Center.

Source of Definition:

DODI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Related Glossary Terms:

Service Public Health Centers | Service Public Health Centers

Cities Readiness Initiative

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/28/2019

A Federally funded, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-managed effort to prepare major cities and metropolitan areas to respond to a large-scale bioterrorist event by dispensing antibiotics and other medical supplies to the ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Zoonotic Disease

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/28/2019

Diseases transmissible under natural conditions between vertebrate animals and humans.

Source of Definition:

DODI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Related Glossary Terms:

Zoonotic Disease | Zoonotic Disease

Chief of Mission

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/28/2019

The principal officer in charge of a diplomatic facility of the United States, including any individual temporarily assigned to be in charge of such a facility.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6200.03: Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Related Glossary Terms:

Chief of Mission

All Hazards

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/28/2019

A threat or an incident, natural or manmade, that warrants action to protect life, property, the environment, and public health or safety, and to minimize disruptions of government, social, or economic activities. It includes natural disasters ...

Source of Definition:

DODI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Related Glossary Terms:

All Hazards

Electronic Surveillance System for Early Notification of Community Based Epidemics

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/28/2019

DoD’s syndromic surveillance tool that monitors and provides alerts for rapid or unusual increases in the occurrence of infectious diseases and biological outbreaks.

Source of Definition:

DODI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Related Glossary Terms:

Electronic Surveillance System for Early Notification of Community Based Epidemics

Health Protection Condition Level (HPCON Level)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/28/2019

A framework to inform an installation’s population of specific health protection actions recommended in response to an identified health threat, stratified by the scope and severity of the health threat.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 6200.03: Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

Related Glossary Terms:

Health Protection Condition Level
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