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Edition: Thu, January 11, 2007
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"In these dangerous times, the United States is blessed to have extraordinary and selfless men and women willing to step forward and defend us. These young Americans understand that our cause in Iraq is noble and necessary and that the advance of freedom is the calling of our time."-President George W. Bush said during his televised White House address, January 10, 2007.

TODAY'S FOCUS

Army Center for Health Promotion & Preventive Medicine (USACHPPM)

What is it? USACHPPM is the Army's public health organization, focused on reducing the incidence of preventable diseases, medical conditions and non-battle injuries. With approximately 1,000 military and civilian personnel, it is headquartered in Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD., with regionally-focused subordinate commands in Japan, Europe, and Forts Lewis, McPherson and Meade.

What is the Army doing? USACHPPM provides environmental, epidemiological and occupational health surveillance; injury and disease prevention programs; hospital and field preventive medicine services; health risk assessment; related laboratory analyses; and health education everywhere Soldiers go. With the stresses and operational tempo of today's deployments, potential for exposure to unusual diseases and environmental conditions significantly increases. Troops are threatened by tuberculosis, malaria, leishmaniasis and diseases associated with indigenous animals; chronic, lifestyle diseases; and illnesses related to exposure to industrial materials and pesticides. Troops deploy to locations where soil, air, water and even the food may present new health threats. Weaponry and equipment present inherent risks to hearing and vision. For example at home in garrison, buildings, roads, property and waterways all pose health threats, as can national disasters. All require the agile public health solutions USACHPPM provides.

Why is this important? The health of our military and civilian personnel is essential for readiness. Preventing diseases, non-battle injuries and conditions that threaten Soldier and civilian health is more operationally sound, more cost effective and certainly easier for individual Soldier well-being than even the world-class medical treatment the Army provides its war-fighters. Early identification and mitigation of health risks to our people through surveillance, education and training is as crucial to our success as the preventive maintenance is for our equipment. With its breadth and depth of expertise, USACHPPM is able to respond both locally and project globally, providing an efficient mechanism of force health protection for Army assets around the world.

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