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1st Annual Armed Forces Public Health Conference
Deployment Healthcare Track
Sponsored by DoD Deployment Health Clinical Center
March 2011
Hampton, Virginia

Deployment Healthcare Track (DHCT) Information

The 2011 Deployment Healthcare Track's focus was on Service member-centered care for returning combat warriors and their families. The target audience is healthcare providers who are the first to assess and treat Service members: primary care and family practice providers, nurses, behavioral health, and physician assistants, as well as occupational and environmental medicine, clinical epidemiologists and health service researchers. Special areas of interest include:

  1. Improving, measuring and evaluating war-related care
  2. Fostering trust between Service members and healthcare providers (clinical risk communication)
  3. Developing best practices for war-related diseases: traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), depression, grief, trauma, PTSD
  4. Improving continuity of care with coordinated aftercare between the DoD, the VA and other federal/private agencies
  5. Initiating new information systems and clinical automation for war-related care

2011 Deployment Healthcare Track Presentations

To view the Schedule of all the 2011 DHCT presentations, click here.

To view the 2011 AFPHC DHCT presentations for which consent has been given to post the slides on PDHealth, click here or click on the date or the mini-track themes listed below.

21 March 2011
22 March 2011
23 March 2011

24 March 2011
25 March 2011

To view presentations given in other tracks during the 2011 AFPH Conference, click here.

Special Deployment Healthcare Track Presentations

  • Screening of “Wartorn: 1861-2010” – An HBO Special About War Zone Exposures from the Civil War to Present and the Effects of Post-Deployment Functional Difficulties in Military Personnel and Families

  • Presentation of “ReEntry” – A Play About Coming Home based on actual interviews of Marines and their loved ones The play explores the raw, realistic and tender experiences of those who have been affected by war zone deployments.

  • Ronald C. Kessler, PhD, professor of healthcare policy at Harvard Medical School speaking on the “Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service Members (STARRS)”

  • Thomas Childers, PhD, Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and author and editor of several books on modern German history and the Second World War speaking on “Healing War Generation to Generation What Have We Learned?”

Deployment Healthcare Track Workshops

  • Mind-Body Skills for Enhancing Total Force Fitness – 19 March 2011
  • The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s (CJCS) Guidance for 2009-2010 and Total Force Fitness (TFF) model emphasize considering how to holistically better prepare and care for the Total Force. In addition, the TFF model identifies four mind and four body fitness domains. Mind-body skills (MBS), which by definition leverage interactions across fitness domains, can potentially play a powerful role in supporting the CJCS priority of proactively and comprehensively supporting the TFF model. The overall goal of this workshop was to give practical and experiential knowledge of a variety of MBS that can be used in non-clinical and clinical contexts. Mark Bates, PhD, Director, Resilience and Prevention Directorate, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Nisha N. Money MD, MPH, ABIHM, Chief Medical Officer, Integrative Health, Resilience, and Prevention Resilience and Prevention Directorate, DCoE.

  • Resilience 101: Facilitator Training on Understanding and Optimizing Your Stress System After Deployment – 20 March 2011
  • Resilience 101: Understanding and Optimizing Your Stress System written by Pamela Woll, MA, CADP includes a user-friendly and military-appropriate workbook for service members and veterans, designed to help them: (1) Understand the physiology of deployment stress, to combat the stigma and shame that often attend its symptoms; (2) Find and believe in their own resilience, regardless of the stress effects they may be experiencing; (3) Learn and practice some basic skills in regulating their stress systems. This workshop described the model, its rationale and its approach and used role-playing exercises to allow the audience to practice using some of the Resilience 101 tools. It also explored potential challenges in implementation and solutions to those challenges. Pamela Woll, MA, CADP, Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center Victoria Bruner, LCSW, RN, BCETS, Deputy Director, Tri-Service Integrative Intensive Outpatient Programs Support, DoD Deployment Health Clinical Center.

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