The U.S. Army Public Health Command is the Army Medical Command organization at the forefront of Army Medicine’s transformation from a healthcare system to a system for health. If our Army (or our society) wants to create a system for health, then public health needs to be at the forefront of the discussion.
There is a limitless potential for public heath to do good. The USAPHC must—and will—deliver recommendations that come from the best science available, and must deliver the public health perspective and messages time and time again. This is necessary if we are to create a sustainable, proactive system that maximizes quality of life for all.
The USAPHC’s mission is to “promote health and prevent disease, injury, and disability of Soldiers and military retirees, their families, and Department of the Army civilian employees; and assure effective execution of full-spectrum veterinary service for Army and Department of Defense veterinary missions.”
This mission is foundational to the Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign. Preventing disease, injury and disability is operationally sound, cost effective and better for individual well-being. The USAPHC address primary prevention issues in the “life space” of the Army population—those places where they work, play, eat, exercise, sleep, and build the relationships that help make them resilient participants in Army life and all of life.
— Dean G. Sienko
Major General, U.S. Army