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STAND-TO! Edition: Thursday, January 3 2013

Today's Focus:

Deployment Health Assessments for Soldiers and Civilians

Senior Leaders are Saying

Together with the international community we must promote sustainable economic development, education (and) healthcare to give the Afghan people the better future they deserve.

- Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, emphasizes continued coalition support for the Afghan forces, while speaking to reporters during a visit to Afghanistan earlier last month.

Soldiers in Afghanistan continue mission as 2013 arrives

What They're Saying

In football there is always an expression ... that is, being able to respond to adversity. There is no better training to be able to respond and overcome adversity than in the Army.

- Rockne Belmonte, a record-setting kicker for Northern Michigan University and an Army ROTC Cadet, who will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, before kickoff at Saturday's Army All-American Bowl game, wants to pursue his two dreams of taking a shot at the NFL while still fulfilling his service to the Army

Cadet kicker eyes shot at NFL

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

January 2013

Jan. 1: New Year's Day

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King's Birthday

February

Black History Month- Visit website: African Americans in the U.S. Army

National Patient Recognition Month


Feb. 18: President's Day Holiday (NO STAND-TO!)

Feb. 20- 22- AUSA's ILW Winter Symposium & Exposition

Today's Focus

Deployment Health Assessments for Soldiers and Civilians

What is it?

The Deployment Health Assessment Program (DHAP) demonstrates the Army's commitment to the health and well-being of deploying and redeployed Soldiers and Department of Army (DA) civilians. Through a series of self assessments and one-on-one confidential conversations with a healthcare provider, the DHAP enables personnel to identify and receive care for deployment-related health conditions such as TBI, PTSD, depression, suicidal ideation, substance abuse, combat-related injuries and complications associated with environmental exposures.

The Army DHAP works with commanders to identify Soldier care needs early on and promote a ready and resilient force.

What has the Army done?

The Army DHAP continues to take steps to improve program execution by:

- Leading an outreach campaign to promote DA civilian compliance and initiating tracking of non-appropriated fund (NAF) employees.
- Launching a new website that facilitates user navigation of DHAP tools and resources.
- Leveraging best practices across all three compos, such as scheduling of each assessment within the required timelines, and asking leaders to help reduce the stigma associated with behavioral health issues and to encourage a healthy supportive environment.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

- The Army will phase-in revised Deployment Health Assessments (DHAs) in early 2013. The revised self-assessments incorporate congressional-mandated behavioral health questions and include changes suggested by the field and recent research findings.
- The Army will improve tracking at the unit level by incorporating Soldier and DA civilian data from Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) into the Army Medical Protection System (MEDPROS) to provide a more complete representation of program compliance. Ongoing collaboration with Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC) and DMDC will standardize reporting metrics across DOD, which will refine the quality and reliability of data to better support commanders and enhance unit readiness.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army DHAP provides deploying and redeployed Soldiers and DA civilians an opportunity to discuss and identify symptoms, physical injuries and behavioral concerns in a one-on-one confidential conversation with a healthcare provider. It is important for Soldiers and DA civilians to actively address their health concerns and know that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Resources:

DHAP website
Army.mil: Ready & Resilient
DHAP AKO portal
STAND-TO!: Army Deployment Health Assessment Program
STAND-TO!: Army Deployment Health Assessments
DODI 6490.03 (Deployment Health)

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