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July Toolkit

In July, the Military Health System Strategic Communications Division will focus on several topics of interest to the MHS enterprise. We’ll highlight national health observances and specific health issues relevant to practitioners and beneficiaries.

July is Health Innovation Month

Our Monthly Communications Toolkit provides the MHS enterprise with customizable, ready-to-use material to promote consistent messaging on key topics and issues.  Each month we will include enterprise messages and ready to-use tactics, including talking points, news articles, social media posts and graphics.

Health Innovation Month

COVID-19 Healthcare Innovations

DHA and the entire Military Health System are equally committed to providing real-time care to millions of patients while we support the national pandemic response. At the same time, we are working tirelessly to standardize processes and protocols across the military medical enterprise to be more operationally responsive and capable of meeting patient needs.  Pharmacies across the Military Health System have adapted their prescription services to protect high-risk patients and pharmacy customers and staff from COVID-19 exposure.

COVID-19 Test Innovations

Testing has emerged as a vital step in managing COVID-related risks to normal operations. Since March, we have dramatically increased DoD laboratory testing capacity and are collaborating across DoD’s expansive research network to pursue other COVID-related testing innovations.  Military researchers around the globe are searching for clues to unlock the secrets of the novel coronavirus as the epidemic continues to spread worldwide.

COVID-19 Data Innovations

This pandemic requires the entire Department of Defense to work together to optimize our collective response. DHA will leverage the strongest data and information-sharing mechanisms and innovative knowledge management processes to fully apply lessons learned across our enterprise. Being better prepared to monitor trends, analyze data, and evaluate the effectiveness of practices and decision-making in real time will benefit our beneficiaries, DoD, and the nation. DHA Connected Health is the branch of the Defense Health Agency responsible for reviewing, evaluating, coordinating, and integrating the use and development of health technology supporting Military Health System beneficiaries.


Summer Safety Month

Tips to prevent heat-related illnessesSummer is upon us and with so many sun-filled fun activities to look forward to, don’t let safety take a backseat. Safety should be a priority while taking advantage of the warmer temperatures, participating in water sports, and enjoying other outdoor activities. Health.mil has Summer Safety tips.








National Therapeutic Recreation Week (July 5-11)

Army soldier playing wheelchair volleyballNational Therapeutic Recreation Week raises awareness of therapeutic recreation programs and services to improve the health and well-being of individuals with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Within MHS, we have Warrior Care’s Military Adaptive Sports Program, designed to enhance recovery by engaging wounded, ill, and injured service members early in individualized physical and cognitive activities outside of traditional therapy settings. 

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