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Category: MHS Monthly Messages
  • During Nurses Week, Nurse Advice Line emphasizes value to moms in the military

    National Nurses Week runs May 6-12 and includes the Mother’s Day holiday. During this time, the Military Health System recognizes an important service for moms, as well as all TRICARE beneficiaries: the Nurse Advice Line.It was supposed to be a happy family reunion and a chance for the grandparents to meet the new baby. But the baby was unusually
  • Top 10 Reasons to try New Fruits and Veggies

    Eat your fruits and veggies this month and join the Produce for Better Health Foundation’s September initiative Fruits & Veggies–More Matters campaign, a health initiative focused on helping Americans increase fruit & vegetable consumption for better health.According the Produce for Better Health Foundation the average American consumes less than 2
  • AF senior leaders host suicide prevention summit

    Subject matter experts of mental and behavioral health, community support and Airmen across ranks and career fields gathered to discuss resiliency and suicide prevention at Joint Base Andrews from Sept. 22-25.
  • Follow up: It can be a matter of life, death

    She was a hero. She was someone who had the courage to act when it mattered most. She was a true wingman. She saw the warning signs of depression and suicidal ideations in a friend, she made the right calls, made the right decisions and her friend's life was saved. This Airman knew the warning signs well, because she had been there before.I had the
  • Air Force welcomes new surgeon general

    Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Mark A. Ediger was promoted by Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer, as the 22nd Air Force Surgeon General, in a ceremony today at the Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Va. General Ediger has been the Air Force Deputy Surgeon General since July 2012, and replaces Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Travis, who retired June 5 after 39
  • Military Health System preparation for potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) infection among DoD Personnel

    Military Health System colleagues,Members of the U.S. military have begun to deploy to the Ebola-stricken nation of Liberia. The medical and logistic capabilities of the Department, along with our infectious disease expertise, will provide a significant level of support to the heroic clinical and public health workforce in these nations as well as
  • Report Identifies Best Practices and Plans For Military Health Care

    A team of medical experts from both within and outside the Defense Department has found that the Military Health System (MHS) provides good, quality health care that is safe, timely and comparable to the civilian sector, but has also identified areas for improvement.In May, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered a comprehensive review of the
  • MHS Leadership Message - We stand together as a community to prevent suicide

    Military Health System colleagues,Every September is Suicide Prevention Month. The Department of Defense will take this opportunity, along with our partners in the VA and civilian community to refresh our attention to this important national problem.  September is only a one month fraction of our enduring interest in reducing suicide and in getting
  • MHS Leadership Message - The US Government and DoD Response to the Ebola Crisis

    Military Health System colleagues,The international health community is working closely together to help confront the outbreak of Ebola virus in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and, more recently, Nigeria.As military medical professionals, we want to ensure that you are aware of the facts of the crisis, US government
  • MHS Leadership July Message - Access to Care

    Military Health System Team,Since the TRICARE Prime benefit was first introduced in 1995, the Military Health System has established standards by which we hold ourselves accountable for access to health care.The standards are straightforward. If a patient enrolled to a military Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) needs to be seen within 24 hours, an