Message from the Director

This year has been a foundational one for the Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE), one filled with challenges, hurdles, and countless milestones. It was also a year full of opportunities to enhance the Center’s visibility within the Department of Defense (DoD) Global Health Engagement (GHE) community while highlighting the importance of DoD GHE for our nation’s security and the stability of partner nations worldwide. We have risen to the challenge, but it is only one of many to come. Our work is just beginning, but we have built a strong enough foundation to take us to our next challenge: To become a nexus and important resource for DoD GHE activities, supporting the Uniformed Services University, Joint Staff, Services, Combatant Commands and interagency partners. Our end goal is to ensure our community gains a better grasp of military global health and the linkages between health and security, to ultimately achieve overarching national security objectives through enhanced synchronization and effectiveness of global health engagement.

At CGHE, this has materialized as a steady expansion of our current programs and activities. The Africa Peacekeeping Rapid Response Program is slated to begin providing additional support to AFRICOM in Senegal and Ghana, while our longstanding Cooperative Biological Engagement Program with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency is expanding to include assessment, monitoring, and evaluation support. We also look forward to operationalizing the results of our Capabilities-Based Assessment and the set of recommendations that will be brought forward to DoD Joint Staff leadership for adjudication in the coming months. Our Hub of Knowledge cell is also working to visualize and conceptualize a solution to capture and analyze the data from countless DoD GHE activities, for the purpose of better information-sharing as well as optimized
planning and execution. As we move forward, CGHE will continue to honor the importance of each individual’s contribution to operationalizing the Center’s mission and vision. We strive to consistently draw on and integrate a broad range of thoughts, ideas, and opinions, to implement innovative approaches and develop creative solutions. We also aim to routinely convey clear and consistent information and messaging on our work and value; and most importantly, continue to provide key, substantial contributions to the larger DoD GHE enterprise.

We have only scratched the surface and look forward to continued growth within the DoD GHE community and to continue providing our stakeholders with the support they deserve and need to excel.

Final Remarks by Outgoing Director, CAPT Glendon B. Diehl.