Wednesday November 7, 2012
What are they?
Army Medical Command's (MEDCOM's) Army Wellness Centers are the outreach arm of MEDCOM's Patient-Centered Medical Home, Army Medicine's current primary-care model. The goal of this integrated effort between Patient-Centered Medical Home and Army Wellness Centers is to weave primary prevention into the fabric of everyday life, educating Army community members (Soldiers and retirees, their families, and Army civilians) about how to live longer and healthier lives. Primary prevention, preventing disease and injury before they occur, is key to refocusing Army medicine from a healthcare system to a system for health.
What has the Army done?
Army leaders at all levels are engaged in the conversion to wellness, health, readiness and resilience throughout the organization. Army Wellness Centers support this engagement by ensuring Army communities receive standard, science-based core services across installations. Army Wellness Center services address lifestyle behaviors that affect a multitude of health and fitness issues. They help prevent chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure and improve disease outcomes for other illnesses.
Why is this important to the Army?
Army Wellness Centers are integrated with medical and community assets to provide data needed to target specific health and wellness needs in the local community. They are tied directly to the senior leader-led Community Health Promotion Councils on installations. These councils integrate mission, medical and garrison programs aimed at reducing stovepipes and providing a strategic platform for linkages. Army Wellness Centers improve unit readiness and support physical fitness by targeting the fitness and performance of Soldiers, help avoid overtraining and related injuries, and reduce lost- and limited-duty time due to injury and lifestyle behaviors. They are a key component in the Army Ready and Resilient Campaign (R2C), Army Force Generation cycle, and MEDCOM's Soldier Medical Readiness Campaign.
To promote the individual health of Army Community members, Army Wellness Centers help you set individual goals, put you on the path to achieving these goals and walk the path with you!
What does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army plans to phase in Army Wellness Centers on a total of 38 installations by the end of fiscal 2017. Army Wellness Centers are projected to open first on Forces Command installations, followed by Training and Doctrine Command and Army Materiel Command installations.
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