|In This Issue|
Gidget Ruscetta, BSN, MBA, FACHE
Darlena Chadwick, MSN, MBA, FACHE
Andrew Giles, MBA
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Micah Ewing, MBA, FACHE
CHAIR, GUAM LOCAL COUNCIL
Suzie So-Miyahira, MPH, MBA
Emiline LaWall, MA
James C. Lin, MD
Col Kara Gormont, BSN, HSMP-MHA, FACHE
Travis Clegg, FACHE, MBA
Nick Hughey, RN, MBA, FACHE
Laura Bonilla, BSN, MA, FACHECarolyn Voulgaridis, JD
|Article of Interest|
|Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange - 2018 Highlights|
|Kelly Wheeler, Army Regional Health Command-Pacific, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt|
Since 1947, the United States Army Indo-Pacific Command and its assigned military forces serve to protect the United States (US), its people, and interests in the Indo-Pacific region. To do this, the organization works together with other US government agencies as well as US allies and partners not only for defense, but also to improve stability in the region through mutual security cooperation and contingency response, among other things.
The Indo-Pacific region represents half of the world’s population and more than half of the global economy. It also has the world’s most populous democracy and the largest Muslim-majority state (Indonesia). In countries throughout the Indo-Pacific region we also find countries that are ranked lowest by the World Health Organization for healthcare systems (Myanmar) as well as countries which present health security risks such as dengue or tuberculosis. Indo-Pacific countries also are along the “ring” of fire presenting risk of natural disaster that can contribute to increased health security risks.
Each year, leaders and members of the military medical community come together to share lessons learned and to discuss areas of opportunity to partner at the Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange (APMHE). Now in its 4th iteration, the APMHE was held from 17-21 September in Xian, China. The event was co-hosted by the United States Indo-Pacific Command Surgeon with the People’s Liberation Army of China Director, Directorate of Medical Services, Logistics Support Department and the Central Military Commission.
The APMHE focuses on the entire military health team. The theme for 2018 was “Challenges and Solutions: Strengthening Global Health.” Various tracks included support operations for major missions, rising challenges in military medicine, total force health, performance optimization in medical services, preventive medicine, and service component exchanges. Throughout the course of the event over 600 medical professionals from 30 nations and international organizations participated in more than 200 presentations on regionally-focused health issues ranging from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) to gender equality. Army Regional Health Command Pacific team members presented posters and presentations ranging from global health engagements to legal challenges related to informed consent. Hawaii Pacific ACHE member presentations were provided by Col Kara Gormont, the 15th Medical Group Commander and Ms. Kelly Wheeler, Process Improvement Specialist, Army Regional Health Command-Pacific.
As healthcare administrators, we learn from colleagues that are near to us. We can approach our work through different lenses when we seek to share our knowledge and expertise and seek to learn from allies and partner in the region to be able to better prepare and respond to the challenges and risks that we all face together.
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