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  The Scientist : Koop Seeks Health Corps 'Uniformity'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Corps members had been required to wear the uniform once a week, but the rule was often ignored.
The commissioned corps, patterned on the Army's commissioned officer corps, is the elite of the PHS.
The corps was established as an elite, mobile group that could respond quickly to public health emergencies.
www.the-scientist.com /article/display/7617   (824 words)

 The West Wing: Query
Public health work was undertaken because of the prevalence of major diseases such as smallpox, yellow fever, cholera, typhus fever, and bubonic plague.
The Service began to see public health as the study of people in their relationship to each other and their environment; the place they lived -- the home, the neighborhood, the city; the place they worked; their water; their food; their air; their sanitary facilities; in short, their total environment.
As advances in public health increased life expectancy, the degenerative diseases of the aged such as arthritis, cancer, and heart disease came to the foreground.
westwing.bewarne.com /queries/surgeongeneral.html   (1133 words)

 Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Adopts New Mission Statement
Along with the five Armed Services and officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the PHS Commissioned Corps is one of the seven federal Uniformed Services.
Today’s PHS Commissioned Corps is a far cry from the centralized and dominant public health service it once was.
The COA is the professional association comprised of active duty and retired members of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service.
www.emediawire.com /releases/2005/2/prweb210523.htm   (666 words)

 Public Health Service Commissioned Corps - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) is the uniformed division of the United States Public Health Service (PHS) and one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States.
As with the PHS, the PHSCC is under the direction of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
The uniformed services component of the PHS (then the Marine Hospital Service) was formalized by legislation in 1889, which established the Commissioned Corps under the Supervising Surgeon (later Surgeon General).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Public_Health_Service_Commissioned_Corps   (763 words)

 U.S. Public Health Service
The U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, employs dentists in the public health field through numerous federal health care agencies.
Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) are organizations within the PHS that employ dentists.
Commissioned officer positions are filled through the Commissioned Corps of the PHS.
www.dent.unc.edu /careers/career_options/uspubhlth.htm   (1562 words)

 United States Public Health Service - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The origins of the Public Health Service may be traced to the passage of an act in 1798 that provided for the care and relief of sick and injured merchant seamen.
The uniformed services component of the Marine Hospital Service was formalized as the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps by legislation enacted in 1889.
As the century progressed, PHS commissioned officers served their country by controlling the spread of contagious diseases such as smallpox and yellow fever, conducting important biomedical research, regulating the food and drug supply, providing health care to underserved groups, supplying medical assistance in the aftermath of disasters, and in numerous other ways.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/United_States_Public_Health_Service   (738 words)

 National Park Service Public Health Program - Program Discription Page 1
The Public Health Service (PHS) is a principal component of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The PHS is composed of approximately 5,700 Commissioned Corps Officers and 50,000 civil service employees.
As one of the uniformed services, the Commissioned corps is a specialized career system designed to attract, retain, and develop health professionals who may be assigned to Federal, State or local agencies or international organizations.
www.nps.gov /public_health/inter/admin/prog1.htm   (554 words)

 Meeting Our Nation’s Important Public Health Challenges: Transformation of the Public Health Service Commissioned ...
That Public Health professionals are attuned to the early signs of diabetes is crucial to controlling the progress of the disease as well as controlling the cost of treatment of the more serious conditions connected with the progression of the disease.
These public health professional reservists, could practice their professions within communities all across this nation, and strengthen the capacity to respond to emergencies at the local level without the need for massive relocation of people and assets in times of localized emergency.
Therefore, the Secretary has asked his principal health official, the Assistant Secretary for Health, to be responsible for policy and oversight of the Corps, and for the Surgeon General to implement these policies and be responsible for the operation of the Commissioned Corps.
www.surgeongeneral.gov /news/testimony/commcorps10302003.htm   (1847 words)

 BPHC - Text only description of PHS Awards - Ribbons
The Meritorious Service Medal is presented in recognition of meritorious service of a single, particularly important achievement, a career notable for accomplishments in technical or professional fields or unusually high-quality and initiative in leadership.
The Outstanding Service Medal is presented in recognition of continuous outstanding leadership in carrying out the mission of the Public Health Service, or performance of a single accomplishment which had a major effect on the health of the Nation, or performance of an heroic act resulting in the preservation of health or property.
The Public Health Service Citation is presented in recognition of a specific and noteworthy achievement generally for a short period of time.
bphc.hrsa.gov /nhdp/text_only_Ribbons.htm   (1027 words)

 2006.01.18: New Initiative Announced to Transform the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
As part of today's event, Dr. John Agwunobi was formally sworn in as assistant secretary for health (ASH) and an admiral in the USPHS Commissioned Corps by Secretary Leavitt.
There, he directly advised Governor Jeb Bush on all public health assets in the state, was lead executive for 16,000 employees and oversaw a $2.2 billion annual budget.
Commissioned Corps officers have been deeply involved in responding to recent public health emergencies.
www.hhs.gov /news/press/2006pres/20060118.html   (640 words)

 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for commissioned
He was commissioned an ensign in the British army in 1756 and saw service in Europe in the Seven Years War.
Commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara in June, 1967, the 47-volume, top secret study covered the period from World War II to May, 1968.
Commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. army air corps in 1930, he advanced through grades and in World War II commanded a bomber group in Europe and later the 20th Air Force in the Pacific.
www.encyclopedia.com /searchpool.asp?target=commissioned   (673 words)

 PHS Commissioned Corps Deploys Public Health Professionals to Provide Hurricane Relief
The PHS Commissioned Corps is a component of the Department and Health and Human Services (DHHS) and one of the seven uniformed services.
Commander Meta Timmons, a veterinary officer normally assigned to the PHS Commissioned Corps Training Academy in the Office of the Surgeon General, was deployed to the FEMA National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) in Washington, DC as a Liaison Officer.
Her responsibilities included turning public health and medical needs into a Mission Assignments that were sent to HHS to be addressed with appropriate resources.
www.fda.gov /cvm/relief.htm   (840 words)

 FDA Head Criticizes Public Health Service Plan
The Commissioned Officers Association, which represents 70 percent of corps personnel, has said that the plan could prompt a mass exodus.
In his letter, McClellan stressed that he supports much of the plan for transforming the corps but is concerned about the speed with which new deployment standards would be introduced and the impact they would have on people with family commitments.
McClellan added that the key ideas he had discussed with HHS officials are not reflected in the plans and that the proposals differ significantly from the recommendations offered by a task force appointed to reconsider the promotion process.
www.ph.ucla.edu /epi/bioter/fdaheadplan.html   (464 words)

The Secretary's plan to revitalize the Commissioned Corps represents its most sweeping transformation since its creation in 1889 as the corps will become a more effective medical health unit, prepared to assist in public health needs anywhere the Secretary believes help is needed.
The revitalization focuses on creating an effective, flexible, and truly deployable force that is ready to respond to public health and emergency needs across the country or around the world.
As one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States, the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is a specialized career system designed to attract, develop, and retain health professionals who may be assigned to federal, state, or local agencies or international organizations to accomplish its mission.
www.medicalnewsservice.com /ARCHIVE/MNS1840.cfm   (678 words)

 FSIS Workforce: Expansion Of Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Program   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
In April 2003, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which allows for the detailing of expanded numbers of PHS Commissioned Corps Officers to FSIS.
In order to improve its public health focus, FSIS is implementing a prevention-oriented inspection system based on science and is re-deploying its resources to better protect the public from foodborne disease and potential terrorism threats.
However, they have been confined to the Agency’s Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS), which is responsible for applying the latest epidemiological and clinical approaches to identifying, understanding and preventing human foodborne illnesses and hazards.
www.fsis.usda.gov /oa/background/ccorps.htm   (584 words)

 Public Health Subject Directory - Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library - Western University of Health Sciences
The mission of the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health is to satisfy its customers by providing community and preventive health services that promote and improve the health, safety, well-being, and quality of life of San Bernardino County residents and visitors.
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world representing members from a wide variety of public health occupations.
The association's mission is to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and to provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education, research and leadership.
www.westernu.edu /xp/edu/library/public_health.xml   (1105 words)

 Serving Where the Need Is Greatest - Featured Stories
Students are not obligated to go on to a career in the Commissioned Corps after they graduate, but if they do, they receive credit for their time in the program for pay and retirement purposes.
Driven by their passion for public service, these nurses work on the front lines to deliver health care to the people who need it most, in locations ranging from Third World countries to America’s most underserved racial and ethnic minority communities.
In addition to their regular jobs working for government health agencies, nurses in the Commissioned Corps also can be mobilized in time of war or national and international emergencies.
www.minoritynurse.com /features/nurse_emp/04-18-01k.html   (2395 words)

 HHS - Office of the Surgeon General - About the Office
Also an educator, Dr. Moritsugu is an adjunct professor of public health at the George Washington University School of the Health Sciences, and adjunct associate professor of preventive medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
As one of the seven Uniformed Services the United States, the PHS Commissioned Corps is a specialized career system designed to attract, develop, and retain health professionals who may be assigned to Federal, State or local agencies or international organizations to accomplish its mission.
The Honor Corps is composed of officers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to, and pride in, the Commissioned Corps.
www.surgeongeneral.gov /aboutoffice.html   (1530 words)

 CDC-OCCP-Transformation Update
The intention of the transformation is to enable the Corps to respond more quickly and effectively to public health emergencies and to better address pressing public health needs, such as service in underserved and remote assignments.
Clearly the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps would be a vital and significant component of this response capability.
Their activities have entailed the formation of focus groups that represented not only the officers of the Corps (junior, senior, and varying categories) but the agencies and other stakeholders (e.g., potential recruits and public health leadership outside of the Department).
www.cdc.gov /od/occp/director/transformation.htm   (836 words)

 COA Supports Federal Initiatives Upgrading U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
Jerry Farrell, Executive Director of the Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service (COA) said today that his group supports initiatives made public Wednesday by Health And Human Services Mike Leavitt that would upgrade the 117-year old Commissioned Corps.
More than 75 percent of active-duty and retired members of the Commissioned Corps are members of the Association, which has for years been urging the Department and members of Congress to take steps to "transform" the Corps.
Secretary Leavitt termed the Commissioned Corps an "essential resource" and an "elite force" that deserves to be better-equipped to meet the public health needs and necessities of the future.
www.prnewsnow.com /TextNews/84728.html   (286 words)

 Administration News | HHS To Expand Public Health Service Commissioned Corps - Kaisernetwork.org
HHS said Wednesday that it has plans to "energize" the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, beginning with increasing its membership, boosting its ability to respond to emergencies and gaining new leadership, the
Under the plan, the corps -- a group of public health professionals that the government deploys in medical emergencies -- is projected to grow by 10% to 6,000 officers.
Kaisernetwork.org is a free service of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
www.kaisernetwork.org /daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=34897   (169 words)

 Public Health Service therapists
Public health challenges that exceed the capabilities of local, state, or OPDIV resources.
Public health requirements under the Federal Response Plan, of the Department of State and/or Agency for International Development, or during other declared emergencies.
Sets of knowledge, skills, and preparatory experiences are required for OFRD members in all categories; these are related to core public health principles, health emergencies and federal response, and deployment to field conditions.
www.cc.nih.gov /rm/pt/OFRD.htm   (1022 words)

 Commissioned Officers Association   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
COA is dedicated to improving and protecting the public health of the United States by addressing unmet health needs and providing support for more than 7,000 members.
COA protects the interests of the Commissioned Corps officers of the U.S. Public Health Service, who are leaders in the realms of public and global health.
The Anchor and Caduceus is the insignia of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and represents both the change-of-command authority over the PHS Commissioned Corps and the seamless continuity of command.
www.coausphs.org   (318 words)

 Share the Health 2004: Expositores
The mission of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support, and assess the National Institutes of Health effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) conducts and supports research related to the health of children, adults, families, and populations, including: growth and development; parenting; learning and reading; and mental retardation, autism, and developmental disabilities.
The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health is a private, non-profit, family-centered residence for pediatric outpatients and their families.
sharethehealth.od.nih.gov /exhibitorsE.asp   (1524 words)

 Bush plan to overhaul public health corps draws fire (9/22/03)
The Bush administration is attempting to convert the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps into a quick-response team to fight bioterrorism, but public health officials are concerned that the plan could damage other initiatives, USA Today reported Monday.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said in July that he would convert the corps to a globally deployable force.
The U.S. surgeon general, who has led the corps since 1871, would be replaced by a civilian in the Health and Human Services Department.
www.govexec.com /dailyfed/0903/092203gsn1.htm   (232 words)

Ten Commissioned Corps Readiness Force (CCRF) nurses and five CCRF mental health providers are supporting Red Cross shelter operations in southern California as a result of the wildfires.
These individuals are providing medical and mental health assessments, public health nursing services, and referrals to community medical and mental health resources to people who have been displaced from their homes.
The CCRF is a team of active duty officers in the PHS who are mobilized in times of extraordinary need during disasters, other public health emergencies, or in response to domestic or international requests.
www.medicalnewsservice.com /ARCHIVE/MNS2012.cfm   (570 words)

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