What We Do:
Policy: We assist with policy development and implementation guidance addressing environmental exposures and their documentation for immediate health applications and later medical inquiry.
Science and Consults: We evaluate the potential for long-term health outcomes related to environmental exposures and characterize health risks based on assessments of environmental, epidemiological, and medical science. We provide input policies and criteria to minimize health risks. We also provide consultative services to medical health care providers regarding their patients’ exposures and health outcome concerns (see EM-CCS).
Outbreak investigations: We provide consultative assistance to installations confronted with concerns regarding disease possibly resulting from potential environmental or workplace exposures.
Communication: We create products to assist Soldiers, Army Civilians, and their families with understanding the implications of various environmental exposures, especially those common experienced during deployments.
Training: We precept and mentor Occupational Medicine residents on rotation from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). We also provide training to military and VA providers at request.
Products: We prepare technical reports and guides, factsheets, and several other types of educational and technical products for health care professionals and soldiers/commanders and their families. We also support the development of Periodic Occupational and Environmental Monitoring Summaries (POEMS), which are official DoD summaries of environmental exposures and health impacts at deployment base camps.