In recent years, the Military Health System population health imperative has shifted from the model of disease and injury intervention to one of prevention and health promotion. To better understand the short- and long-term implications of military service on the health and wellness of service members, DOD medical facilities and research organizations have gathered vital information regarding environmental exposures and lifestyle factors from questionnaires, medical records, and field studies, to create databases that will inform new prevention and health promotion programs.
In support of DOD force health protection and the advancement of service member health promotion and disease prevention, our research teams of epidemiologists, public health and behavioral health experts are assisting the DOD determine the underlying factors and potential interventions for health concerns, such as alcohol and drug use/abuse, PTSD, TBI, obesity, sexual assault and trauma, and tobacco use. Additionally, our scientists assist with longitudinal studies and epidemiological surveys to identify potential health exposures, their risk factors, and define appropriate awareness and education programs, preventions and interventions to enhance military readiness and improve long-term outcomes for service members.
CAMRIS researchers and support personnel examine trends, patterns, and cause and effect relationships of military life, work exposures, environment, deployment, and job duties on overall health, disease state, and injury in military populations.
The DOD and MHS have made readiness of the Force their primary goal for 2019 and beyond. With Service members experiencing more repeat and longer deployments, and at home dwell times shortening, the military has seen a sharp increase in reported psychological health-related problems and issues with reintegration to family and civilian life.
Numerous published studies indicate that military service-related experiences may result in both immediate and delayed health effects. Immediate health issues are more easily and readily addressed, whereas, an understanding of the underlying, long-term health consequences of Service remains incomplete.