Army Deployment Health Assessment Program

Friday January 20, 2012

What is it?

The Deployment Health Assessment Program (DHAP) is a critical Army program and tool that actively promotes Soldier and Department of the Army (DA) civilian health and well-being to maximize unit readiness and address deployment-related physical and behavioral health needs prior to, during and after deployments.

The Deployment Health Assessments (DHAs) include a Pre-Deployment Health Assessment (Pre-DHA, DD Form 2795)- taken within 60 days of deployment; Post-Deployment Health Assessment (PDHA, DD Form 2796) - taken within /- 30 days after redeployment; and a Post-Deployment Health Reassessment (PDHRA, DD Form 2900) - taken 90-180 days after redeployment. Each DHA includes resilience training, a specific DD Form self-assessment and a confidential, one-on-one conversation with a health care provider. Soldiers and DA civilians should seek guidance from their commander about specific completion procedures for each of the assessments.

What has the Army done?

In October 2011, the Army G-1 program management expanded to include all three deployment health assessments (DHAs) in order to facilitate participation and reduce non-deployable rates across the force. In support of unit readiness, the DHAs identify and treat emerging deployment related health issues ranging from combat injuries, mental health concerns, infectious diseases and environmental exposures. The G-1 and component-level DHAP program management teams continue to actively educate and engage commanders and staff to promote the positive impact the DHAs have on Soldier well-being and readiness.

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

The Army DHAP will continue to support efforts to reduce the impact of non-deployable Soldiers and DA civilians as the Army reduces end-strength through FY15 while maintaining unit operational readiness. DHAP actively links with Army healthcare partners such as the Veterans Administration, Office of the Surgeon General, Army Medical Command and others across the Force to maximize Soldiers and DA civilian participation and support program synchronization.

Why is this important to the Army?

DHAP ensures all Soldiers and DA civilians are medically qualified to deploy and are provided priority of care to treat deployment-related physical and behavioral health needs. The DHAP offers Soldiers and DA civilians an opportunity to proactively identify and then - if necessary - treat deployment-related health concerns that may negatively impact daily life, family, career and future. The DHAP is critical to the service's proactive approach to safeguard the long-term health and well-being of the force.

Resources:

Log-in required: DHAP AKO Portal
Comprehensive Solider Fitness Resilience materials

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