NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland - Lisa Young was awarded the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award on December 5, 2019, at the 2019 AMSUS Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland.

The AMSUS Annual Meeting is for military healthcare professionals and leaders to improve the effectiveness, cohesiveness, and esprit de corps of the federal healthcare services. This year's meeting theme is, "Transforming Healthcare through Partnership and Innovation."

At the event, Young was recognized for having served the Army Medical Department for 21 years and has made significant impact to increase the health and readiness of female Service Members. In fiscal year 2017 and 2018, there were 9, 834 live births to Active Duty Soldiers.

"Throughout her career as a health educator and women's health expert, Ms. Young has provided outstanding health advocacy and support to female Service Members.
For more than two decades, Ms. Young has worked tirelessly to improve and mature an Army-wide Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Training (P3T) Program. She has contributed to Army and Department of Defense policy in support of female Soldier health and readiness and greatly contributed to the readiness of our Armed Forces," said Laura Mitvalsky, who nominated her for the award.

Young has distinguished herself as a dedicated health educator and highly skilled woman's health expert for more than two decades. According to young, one of her greatest accomplishments is the development and successful implementation of an Army-wide Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Training (P3T) Program. The P3T program is a standardized, installation-level program that increases the health and readiness of pregnant and postpartum Soldiers.

Young pioneered the development of the P3T program within the Army and is currently working with other Services to implement the program in the Navy and Air Force.

"Young has worked tirelessly throughout her career and has provided outstanding health advocacy and support to female Service Members by serving as one of the Army's key policy and subject matter experts and helped to inform Army regulation in the areas of pregnancy and postpartum training, breastfeeding and other women's health issues.

She successfully implemented 37 active and 16 remote P3T programs across the Army, said Mitvalsky.

Her work developing and maturing an Army-wide PP3T program had shown that those pregnant and postpartum Soldiers participating 2.6 or more times per week, in the program had a statistically significant better postpartum recovery in 2-mile run time performance than those not participating in the program or those participating at a lower than recommended level.