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June Toolkit

In June, the Military Health System Strategic Communications Division will focus on several topics of interest to the MHS enterprise. We’ll highlight national health observances and specific health issues relevant to practitioners and beneficiaries. 

May focuses on several topics of interest to the MHS enterprise

Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month, a national observance used to raise awareness about health care for men and focus on encouraging boys, men, and their families to practice and implement healthy living decisions, such as exercising and eating healthy. This month the MHS will focus on “A Stronger Tomorrow” by highlighting the importance of recognizing preventable health problems and encouraging prevention, early detection, and treatment of disease among men and boys in the DoD community.

National PTSD Awareness Month

MHS recognizes June as “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month” to raise awareness about PTSD symptoms and effects and advance the discussion about diagnosis, treatment, and care for those suffering from the effects of trauma, and inspire them to seek effective treatment. The Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE) explores common causes of PTSD, symptoms, risk factors, treatments, DoD policy guidance, and other resources for patients and health care providers.

National Safety Month

National Safety Month focuses on saving lives and preventing injuries, from the workplace to any place. Within MHS, safety is a top priority and our Patient Safety Program promotes a culture of safety to end preventable patient harm by engaging, educating, and equipping patient-care teams to put evidenced-based leading practices in place across the organization.

National CPR/AED Awareness Week

June 1-7 each year is National CPR and AED Awareness Week, spotlighting how we can save lives if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED. The DoD encourages Tactical Combat Casualty Care training to better prepare medical personnel to perform potential lifesaving treatment in a variety of challenging environments, from the battlefield to domestic scenarios.

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