CGHE: A Look Back at an Eventful Year

CGHE: A Look Back at an Eventful Year

Uniformed Men on ShipThis year has been an exceptional one at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ (USU) Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE). Since its inception in February 2016, CGHE has been steadily growing, thanks to an incredible team and a supportive USU leadership. Together with the University, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (OASD(HA)), the Joint Staff, Combatant Commands (CCMDs), the Services, Service Components, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and others, CGHE has worked to streamline and align efforts within the Department of Defense (DoD) Global Health Engagement (GHE) enterprise as well as raise DoD GHE’s visibility with U.S Government counterparts and partner nations. CGHE’s mere existence reflects increased awareness of the importance of health and security linkages for the DoD and the need for a nexus point for the GHE enterprise.

Today, CGHE has become an important resource for CCMDs and has strived to become a hub for GHE thought leadership and knowledge; strategic communications; operational support; training and professional development; research; and assessment, monitoring and evaluation. The Training and Professional Development (TPD) Division executed over 23 courses across the world, reaching over 700 Military Health System professionals. TPD also worked closely with USU to deliver courses and activities to students interested in the global health profession, including participation in the annual Operation Bushmaster. CGHE’s flagship DC course, Global Health Strategies for Security, is now also being delivered remotely to DoD and USG audiences due to increased interest.

In fall 2016, the Programs and Joint Force Division gained a new program to support (US) Africa Command (AFRICOM): the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP). Not only did CGHE manage to execute its first set of medical training by December 2016, it was also the first to execute training activities under the broader APRRP program, led by the US Department of State. We also continue to do great work with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP), delivering excellent results through engagements with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Similarly, the Doctrine and Strategic Partnership (DSP) Division has made strides throughout the first year of CGHE’s existence. This includes mapping internal USU GHE capabilities and ensuring their alignment to high-level DoD doctrine and policy and convening three USU GHE Capability Council (GHECC) meetings to leverage existent capabilities in a university-wide forum. Throughout 2016, CGHE engaged over 27 USU stakeholders and over 43 external stakeholders.

With direction and support from OASD(HA), DHA, Research, Development and Acquisition (RDA) and USU, CGHE’s Research Division successfully reviewed and awarded $6 million in GHE-allocated Research Development Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) Funds for FY 2016. The rigorous selection process ensured that awardees will conduct research that will directly benefit CCMDs. Additionally, the Capabilities-Based Assessment (CBA) is only one of many milestones to look forward to, but a very important one. After a series of meetings with 60+ participants from across the DoD and USG interagency, this important achievement will culminate in a set of recommendations to be brought forward to DoD Joint Staff leadership for adjudication in the coming months.

Last but not least, CGHE’s Assessment, Monitoring & Evaluation (AME) Division continued to work closely with Combatant Commands and their Components to deliver a stellar set of AME tools and a variety of reports studying GHE activities’ return on investment. Efforts were also successful in uniting groundwork accomplished by the AME division’s predecessor grants: the Measures Of Effectiveness in Defense Engagement and Learning (MODEL) and the Improving Processes and Coordination in Theater (IMPACT) study.

CGHE’s work is just beginning, but the Center is building a strong enough foundation to take it to the next challenge: To become a nexus and important resource for DoD GHE activities, supporting USU, the Joint Staff, Services, CCMDs and interagency partners. CGHE’s end goal is to ensure the community gains a better grasp of military global health and linkages between health and security, to ultimately achieve overarching national security objectives through enhanced synchronization and effectiveness of global health engagement.

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.

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