By Douglas Holl, USAPHCApril 16, 2019
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army Medical Command is establishing a Housing Environmental Health Response Registry to address housing health or safety concerns of current or former Army housing residents.
The registry will allow the Army Public Health Center to provide current or former residents information on environmental health hazards, assist them in seeking medical care for any housing-related illnesses or concerns, and serve as a two-way exchange of information for all potential enrollees.
Anyone interested in enrolling in the registry can call the toll-free hotline at 1-800-984-8523 where they will be able to voice their concerns. The registry will be manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additional registry numbers:
• Overseas: DSN (312) 421-3700
• Stateside: DSN 421-3700
• Stateside Commercial: 210-295-3700
"We have a team of trained professionals standing by to assist all callers," said John Resta, Director of the U.S. Army Public Health Center and acting deputy chief of staff of Public Health for the U.S. Army Medical Command. "They will document the caller's concerns and assist them with access to medical care if needed, as well as referring any housing-related concerns to the appropriate installation Department of Public Works. We want to hear all concerns so we can make sure they are properly addressed."
APHC provides continuously updated online health information and resources on mold and lead for service members, Families, civilians, contractors and healthcare providers. The information includes background information on how these hazards can be introduced into the environment as well as strategies for prevention.
For information about the registry as well as links to community resource guides and housing hazard information, please visit: https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/campaigns/housing/Pages/HEHRR.aspx.
The Army Public Health Center focuses on promoting healthy people, communities, animals and workplaces through the prevention of disease, injury and disability of Soldiers, military retirees, their Families, veterans, Army civilian employees, and animals through studies, surveys and technical consultations.