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  • SOUTHCOM International Health Specialists enhance impact of COVID-19 response donations through training, coordination

    International Health Specialists are collaborating with the Pan-American Health Organization, a regional component of the World Health Organization, to better mobilize, operate and sustain COVID-19 pandemic response donations to partner nations.
  • Air Force celebrates 20 years of International Health Specialist program

    Over the past 20 years, the U.S. Air Force’s International Health Specialist program has played a key role in transforming global health engagement, giving it a new structure and purpose. As the program has matured, its impact on global health engagement has grown.
  • Air Force International Health Specialists needed for whole-of-government solutions

    U.S. Air Force International Health Specialists are known for our geopolitical expertise and health diplomacy, but we are also skilled in facilitating whole-of-government operations.
  • Air Force International Health Specialists bring experience to pandemic response

    International Health Specialists' experience in global health engagements proved important to support the Department of Defense’s relief efforts to state health care systems fighting COVID-19. The Ninth Air Force-led Task Force-Southeast provided defense support of civil authorities within Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, regions III and IV. The task force’s largest mission was delivering support to a COVID-19 alternate care site set up at Temple University in Philadelphia that served as an overflow medical facility. Several International Health Specialists brought experience in global health engagements to support the task force’s establishment and mission.
  • A look into the future: Embedded Health Engagement Teams

    International Health Specialists from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) are piloting a new global health engagement model to improve health and readiness for U.S. military forces and partner nations.
  • Air Force International Health Specialist builds medical capability in Iraq

    In June, a public health professional serving as an International Health Specialist deployed to Iraq as part of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve.
  • USU Masters in Public Health prepares International Health Specialists

    Three 2019 graduates of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ Master of Public Health program will serve at U.S. Air Force Air Component Commands as International Health Specialists.
  • NATO-IHS collaboration proves valuable for building partner capability and interoperability

    The U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa International Health Specialist team has partnered with the NATO Center of Excellence for Military Medicine to improve interoperability with partner nations and increase force readiness. Since 2017, the two organizations have collaboratively produced a First Responder Train-the-Trainer program designed to navigate language barriers between trainers and trainees. The FRTT course provides medical personnel with the skills needed to train others at varying levels to administer emergency medical care as first responders.
  • Airmen use special experience to foster relationships during Global Health Engagement

    A team of five Airmen, two with a special experience identifier earned through the International Health Specialist (IHS) program, traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to work side-by-side with their Honduran air force counterparts during a subject matter expert exchange here, April 3. Airmen with an IHS certification were able to provide diversified international skills and knowledge of military and civilian health disciplines used to facilitate the five-day engagement by enabling flight medicine knowledge to be shared across a language barrier, which helps strengthen partnerships.
  • Former IHS Director used twenty years of medical experience to further program goals

    How does one find their way into a career as an Air Force Medical Service International Health Specialist? For Col. Alan Chambers, the former IHS program director, he knew at the young age of twelve that he wanted to work in the international health care realm. At least, he knew he wanted to make a difference in the world through medicine. He was
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