By Valecia L. Dunbar, D.M., Army Medicine Public AffairsMay 2, 2013
National Women's Health Month (May 2013) is as an opportunity to educate and increase awareness throughout the Army about the wide range of Women's Health programs and initiatives aimed at improving the Lifespace of female Soldiers, spouses and other beneficiaries.
The objective is to educate female Soldiers, Family members and other beneficiaries about the resources and programs available in Army Medicine that promote Women's Health and encourage them to make their health a top priority.
As an Army Family, we all play a role in women's health. Women often put the needs of their spouses, children, and others before their own. We must work as individuals, Families, and as an Army community to support the crucial need for women to make their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health a priority by taking proactive measures that influence their Lifespace -- increasing their Activity, monitoring their Nutrition, and getting plenty of Sleep.
Resources for Women
Army Medicine offers and promotes key regular check-ups and preventive screenings to aid in avoiding the onset of disease and health issues before they start.
Army Medicine is developing a Women's Health Service Line, which will manage the unique needs of women's health as a population by building the fundamentals of sound, gender-based programs and policies. The service line will recognize and adopt best practices that will focus on women's health management in order that care to women is coordinated, collaborative, and patient focused. The development and structure for care delivery will be appropriate for all female beneficiaries and tailored to also address unique, gender specific needs of female service members.
Resources for Women in Combat
The AMEDD welcomes the increasing range of opportunities available for women in combat roles and has a long history of working to provide superb predeployment readiness and deployment/ post deployment healthcare for female service members. The recent GAO report, released in Jan 2013, concluded that the DOD is addressing the healthcare needs of deployed servicewomen.
Female service members play many key roles during deployment and focus on female Soldier readiness remains a critical priority. Predeployment Soldier counseling includes a focus on Family planning, hygiene, menstrual cycle control options and information about urinary devices and urinary tract infections. The U.S. Army Public Health Command (PHC) is developing a Warrior Readiness Guide that discusses common female conditions and preventive practices. PHC also offers a Women's Health Portal which provides women's health preventive practices and self-care.
Army Medicine is committed to preserving the health and viability of our females and is actively engaging these issues in order to ensure the highest standards in healthcare for all beneficiaries
regardless of gender.
Throughout May, MEDCOM facilities and MTFs will participate in presentations and briefings, at health
fairs, town hall meetings, and community events to raise awareness about Women's Health issues.