Back to Top Skip to main content

CGHE: A look back at an eventful year

Navy Capt. (Dr.) Jamie Reeves (left) and Air Force Major (Dr.) Geoff Oravec (center, right), of the Uniformed Services University's Center for Global Health Engagement participated in Exercise RIMPAC 2016 with Captain Sun Tao, head of the medical element of the Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark. During the exercise, CGHE delivered its Fundamentals for Global Health Engagement course, which brought together about 30 Chinese Navy medical officers with medical officers from Australia, Canada, and the US Navy.  (Uniformed Services University photo) Navy Capt. (Dr.) Jamie Reeves (left) and Air Force Major (Dr.) Geoff Oravec (center, right), of the Uniformed Services University's Center for Global Health Engagement participated in Exercise RIMPAC 2016 with Captain Sun Tao, head of the medical element of the Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark. During the exercise, CGHE delivered its Fundamentals for Global Health Engagement course, which brought together about 30 Chinese Navy medical officers with medical officers from Australia, Canada, and the U.S. Navy. (Uniformed Services University photo)

Recommended Content:

Global Health Engagement

This year has been an exceptional one at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ (USU) Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE). Since its inception in February 2016, CGHE has been steadily growing, thanks to an incredible team and a supportive USU leadership. Together with the University, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (OASD(HA)), the Joint Staff, Combatant Commands (CCMDs), the Services, Service Components, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and others, CGHE has worked to streamline and align efforts within the Department of Defense (DoD) Global Health Engagement (GHE) enterprise as well as raise DoD GHE’s visibility with U.S Government counterparts and partner nations. CGHE’s mere existence reflects increased awareness of the importance of health and security linkages for the DoD and the need for a nexus point for the GHE enterprise.

Today, CGHE has become an important resource for CCMDs and has strived to become a hub for GHE thought leadership and knowledge; strategic communications; operational support; training and professional development; research; and assessment, monitoring and evaluation. The Training and Professional Development (TPD) Division executed over 23 courses across the world, reaching over 700 Military Health System professionals. TPD also worked closely with USU to deliver courses and activities to students interested in the global health profession, including participation in the annual Operation Bushmaster. CGHE’s flagship DC course, Global Health Strategies for Security, is now also being delivered remotely to DoD and USG audiences due to increased interest.

In fall 2016, the Programs and Joint Force Division gained a new program to support (US) Africa Command (AFRICOM): the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP). Not only did CGHE manage to execute its first set of medical training by December 2016, it was also the first to execute training activities under the broader APRRP program, led by the US Department of State. We also continue to do great work with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP), delivering excellent results through engagements with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Similarly, the Doctrine and Strategic Partnership (DSP) Division has made strides throughout the first year of CGHE’s existence. This includes mapping internal USU GHE capabilities and ensuring their alignment to high-level DoD doctrine and policy and convening three USU GHE Capability Council (GHECC) meetings to leverage existent capabilities in a university-wide forum. Throughout 2016, CGHE engaged over 27 USU stakeholders and over 43 external stakeholders.

With direction and support from OASD(HA), DHA, Research, Development and Acquisition (RDA) and USU, CGHE’s Research Division successfully reviewed and awarded $6 million in GHE-allocated Research Development Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) Funds for FY 2016. The rigorous selection process ensured that awardees will conduct research that will directly benefit CCMDs. Additionally, the Capabilities-Based Assessment (CBA) is only one of many milestones to look forward to, but a very important one. After a series of meetings with 60+ participants from across the DoD and USG interagency, this important achievement will culminate in a set of recommendations to be brought forward to DoD Joint Staff leadership for adjudication in the coming months.

Last but not least, CGHE’s Assessment, Monitoring & Evaluation (AME) Division continued to work closely with Combatant Commands and their Components to deliver a stellar set of AME tools and a variety of reports studying GHE activities’ return on investment. Efforts were also successful in uniting groundwork accomplished by the AME division’s predecessor grants: the Measures Of Effectiveness in Defense Engagement and Learning (MODEL) and the Improving Processes and Coordination in Theater (IMPACT) study.

CGHE’s work is just beginning, but the Center is building a strong enough foundation to take it to the next challenge: To become a nexus and important resource for DoD GHE activities, supporting USU, the Joint Staff, Services, CCMDs and interagency partners. CGHE’s end goal is to ensure the community gains a better grasp of military global health and linkages between health and security, to ultimately achieve overarching national security objectives through enhanced synchronization and effectiveness of global health engagement.

As we move forward, CGHE will continue to honor the importance of each individual’s contribution to operationalizing the Center’s mission and vision. We strive to consistently draw on and integrate a broad range of thoughts, ideas and opinions, to implement innovative approaches and develop creative solutions. We also aim to routinely convey clear and consistent information and messaging on our work and value; and most importantly, continue to provide key, substantial contributions to the larger DoD GHE enterprise.

For more information, please visit the USU CGHE Website

Disclaimer: Re-published content may have been edited for length and clarity. Read original post.

You also may be interested in...

U.S. builds bonds in Papua New Guinea

Article
9/17/2019
Navy Lt. Austin Stokes, (right), and Air Force Maj. Nicole Smith (center), both dentists, talk to a patient at the Pacific Angel 19-4 health outreach site in Lae, Papua New Guinea. The health outreach site is comprised of five clinics including primary care, optometry, dental, physical therapy and pharmacy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

This is the second Pacific Angel exercise conducted in Papua New Guinea

Recommended Content:

Global Health Engagement | Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

USNS Comfort completes medical mission in Peru

Article
7/22/2019
The hospital ship USNS Comfort (left) receives a fuel probe from the Peruvian ship B.A.P. Tacna during replenishment-at-sea practice. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems strained by an increase in Venezuelan migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall)

This marks USNS Comforts’ seventh deployment to the region since 2007

Recommended Content:

Global Health Engagement | Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

Vice President Pence tours USNS Comfort before its Latin America deployment

Article
6/20/2019
Vice President Mike Pence (right) greets Navy Lt. Gwendolyn Mann, and his wife, Karen Pence (center right), greets Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Edna Wallace during a tour of the USNS Comfort in Miami, June 18, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Jordan R. Bair)

The vice president called the deployment a lifesaving mission

Recommended Content:

Civil Military Medicine | Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief | Global Health Engagement | Military Hospitals and Clinics

German allies visit JBSA-Fort Sam Houston on 75th anniversary of D-Day

Article
6/14/2019
Maj. Gen. Gesine Kruger, Commander for the German Bundeswehr Medical Academy (pictured center in the Flight Paramedic Training Simulator) and her delegation observed training and toured the Critical Care Flight Paramedic Course at the Health Readiness Center of Excellence. (U.S. Army photo)

The purpose of this visit was to further strengthen the bonds and interoperability programs between our allied countries or partner nations

Recommended Content:

Global Health Engagement | Health Readiness

AFRICOM holds annual Command Surgeon Conference

Article
6/3/2019
Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee E. Payne. DHA assistant director for combat support, talks to attendees of the 2019 U.S. Africa Command Command Surgeon Synchronization Conference May 28, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. Payne discussed upcoming changes to the military health system and what that means for patients and providers. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher Hurd/Released)

The conference brought together medical professionals from across the command, and interagency and foreign partners, to enable collaboration and discuss areas of concern

Recommended Content:

Global Health Engagement | Combat Support

DoD joins national global health security effort

Article
5/13/2019
Image of the DoD Seal

The Global Health Security Strategy outlines the U.S. approach to strengthen Global Health Security

Recommended Content:

Global Health Engagement | Global Health Security Agenda

Navy hospital ship to deploy in response to humanitarian crisis in Latin America

Article
5/10/2019
The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort is scheduled to deploy in to the Caribbean, Central America and South America to conduct humanitarian medical assistance missions in support of regional partners and in response to the regional impacts of political and economic crises in Venezuela. (U.S. Navy photo)

USNS Comfort represents our enduring promise to our partners in the Western Hemisphere

Recommended Content:

Military Hospitals and Clinics | Global Health Engagement | Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

Field emergency room drills strengthen bonds of U.S. Navy, Swedish medics

Article
4/24/2019
Navy Cmdr. Mark Lambert (center) and Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Amos Bogs (right), work with Capt. Peter Landell (left), Swedish Armed Forces, during a multinational medical drill, Cincu Military Base, Romania, during exercise Vigorous Warrior 19. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Andrew Layton)

Vigorous Warrior is a biannual readiness event organized by the NATO Military Medicine Centre of Excellence

Recommended Content:

Global Health Engagement

Medical logistics Airmen enable lifesaving skills at NATO exercise

Article
4/18/2019
Civilian first responders from Romania participate along with Airmen from the 86th Medical Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in a multinational medical exercise drill during Vigorous Warrior 19, Cincu Military Base, Romania. Vigorous Warrior 19 is NATO’s largest military medical exercise, uniting more than 2,500 participants from 39 countries to exercise experimental doctrinal concepts and test their medical assets together in a dynamic, multinational environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Andrew Layton)

Uniting upwards of 2,500 providers from 39 countries, the exercise is the largest medical readiness event in NATO

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Medical Logistics | Global Health Engagement

How The U.S. Military Is Contributing To The Fight Against Cholera In Mozambique

Video
4/16/2019
Air Force Capt. Talon Miner, a flight surgeon assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, discusses the role that the U.S. Department of Defense is undertaking to combat the spread of Cholera in Mozambique.

Air Force Capt. Talon Miner, a flight surgeon assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa

Recommended Content:

Global Health Engagement | Global Health Security Agenda | Building Partner Capacity and Interoperability | Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

Military nursing exchange brings together 23 partner nations

Article
4/12/2019
Medical professionals from around Europe and Africa receive small-group training at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The 2019 European African Military Nursing Exchange is the 6th iteration of its kind, with extensive planning and coordination to connect partner nations in a collaborative environment that promotes hands-on training scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jessica Hines)

United States, European and African military nurses focused on each nation’s unique cultures, communication patterns and capacity for interoperability

Recommended Content:

Global Health Engagement

Africa Malaria Task Force Key Leader Event continues fight against malaria

Article
4/12/2019
Brig. Gen. Dowlo Yao, Chief of Health Services, Cote D’Ivoire Armed Forces and Chairman of Africa Malaria Task Force, asks a question during the AMTF Key Leader Event. (DoD photo).

The primary goal of AMTF has been to assist African partner militaries do develop relationships with their national malaria control programs

Recommended Content:

Global Health Engagement | Global Health Security Agenda

Pacific Partnership 2019 introduces helicopter en route medical care

Article
3/29/2019
A Philippine Fire Department rescue worker lifts a simulated earthquake victim onto a Philippine Air Force rescue helicopter during the Pacific Partnership 2019 exercise in Tacloban, Philippines. The goal of the Pacific Partnership is to improve interoperability of the region's military forces, governments, and humanitarian organizations during disaster relief operations, while providing humanitarian, medical, dental, and engineering assistance to nations of the Pacific all while strengthening relationships and security ties between the partner nations (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Jackson)

The exercise is an important part of disaster risk reduction

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Global Health Engagement | Building Partner Capacity and Interoperability | Global Health Security Agenda

Pacific Partnership 2019 participates in community health engagement in Tacloban

Article
3/21/2019
Navy Lt. Sharon Hoff (right) listens to a patient’s heartbeat as Philippine Army Capt. Glorife Saura from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Corps records patient vital signs. Pacific Partnership participants and Tacloban City medical professionals worked together to provide medical and veterinary services throughout the day at Tigbao Diit Elementary School. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Carpenter)

Pacific Partnership 2019 exchanges create lasting bonds of friendship and trust

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Global Health Engagement | Global Health Security Agenda

Global Health Engagement in action: Trinidad and Tobago

Article
2/22/2019
Navy Lt. David Cruz, Southern Partnership Station 2018’s Fleet Health Engagement Team officer-in-charge, speaks with a Trinidad and Tobago military professional as part of functional exercise Red Fish aboard a TTO coast guard vessel during Southern Partnership Station 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katie Cox)

The U.S. Navy’s Global Health Engagement missions are inherently collaborative

Recommended Content:

Global Health Engagement | Global Health Security Agenda
<< < 1 2 3 4 5  ... > >> 
Showing results 1 - 15 Page 1 of 6

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing; Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.