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  • Engaging drug reduction outreach nets Travis DoD award

    Travis Air Force Base’s Drug Demand Reduction Program has won the Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness Award for their continuous involvement in drug prevention efforts in the surrounding community.
  • Why immunizations and antibiotics matter for patient safety

    As the temperature gets cooler, contagious illness like influenza (flu) begin to spread. To help prevent illness in the first place, many awareness campaigns in November and December focus on the use of vaccines and antibiotics. Antibiotic Awareness Week, National Handwashing Awareness Week and National Influenza Vaccination Week are a few campaigns that will be trending in social media in the coming weeks.
  • What hurts one affects all

    An average of 20 people per minute are victims of abuse in the United States. Local child protective services received an estimated 3.4 million referrals of children being abused or neglected in 2012 according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • More women are winning the battle against breast cancer

    Thanks to improvements in detection and treatment, “more and more breast cancer patients are becoming breast cancer survivors,” said Army Col. Craig Shriver, director of the John P. Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. “We’re making strong progress in decreasing death from breast cancer.”
  • A golden opportunity for Domestic Violence Awareness Month outreach

    On the four-hour ride from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Lt. Col. Goldie hardly uttered a sound as Maj. Regina Owen, 436th Medical Operations Squadron psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, drove her guest to meet with Team Dover members for his four-day temporary duty
  • AF Surgeon General, Medical Enlisted Chief visit thunderbolt nation

    Luke Air Force Base welcomed Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Mark A. Ediger, U.S. Air Force Surgeon General, and Chief Master Sgt. George Cum, medical enlisted force and enlisted corps chief, Oct 11, to meet with Airmen and review operations and renovations at the 56th Medical Group.
  • Air Force psychologist considers social media’s role in suicide prevention

    Social media connects us to more people than ever before, but these contacts may not be the type that help build resiliency. Strong interpersonal connections play a critical role in suicide prevention. Used correctly, social media can be an important tool in the suicide prevention toolbox for commanders, friends, and family.
  • Be there, be aware: Help prevent suicide

    When we focus on our health, it’s easy to pay attention to physical health versus mental well-being. Ignoring mental health concerns like anxiety and depression can lead to worsening symptoms and more serious issues. For some people, these issues may include an increased risk of suicide.
  • Seeking help does not end military career

    Throughout September, the nation is observing Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Since 2012, the estimated rate of death by suicide across the Department of Defense has remained about the same per 100,000 people – 20 for active duty members, 24 for reservists and 27 for guard members. The Air Force rate also is estimated at 20 per 100,000 members, according to the DOD Suicide Event Report.
  • The Airman’s guide to suicide prevention

    While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the U.S. in September, all Airmen have a duty to be true Wingmen to their peers 24/7, 365 days a year. It includes getting to know our fellow Airmen, from the newest shop mate to the most senior one. It means being aware of what is going on in their lives, supporting them through difficult times, recognizing the signs of suicidal thoughts and taking action.
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