Improving collaboration and developing future global health leaders are key focus areas for the Military Health System, said assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. Jonathan Woodson, speaking at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr, Woodson was joined by military medical professionals and students as he delivered the keynote remarks at the third annual Global Health Engagement Month Panel.
“Global health is explicitly connected to global security, and it is clear that our health engagement around the world is an essential instrument of national security,” said Dr. Woodson. “This Center is going to help us – and help others throughout government and the private sector – by accelerating the growth of our knowledge in the science and art of global health engagement.”
The event marked the launch of the new Center for Global Health Engagement. Joining him to offer remarks on the Center’s establishment were Dr. Charles L. Rice, president of USUHS and U.S. Navy Capt. Glendon Diehl, recently named the Center’s director.
The Center for Global Health Engagement is a new institution at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences that will seek to leverage academics, scholarship and subject matter expertise from across USUHS to provide reach back support, resource advocacy, capability development and operational support for the Department of Defense’s Global Health Engagement enterprise. Its functions will include education and training of future leaders, knowledge integration to inform development of best practices, and assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of global health engagements conducted across the DoD.
“We need to appreciate the power of global health to reshape landscapes and support strategic goals, and we need to make sure that we’re working to effectively build and support our partners’ health system capacities,” Woodson said. Capt. Diehl later echoed this sentiment: “Health is leading the way for the warfighter, and creating new opportunities with partners.”