In August, Anna Johnston, with USU’s Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE), participated in a four day subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) in Honduras in support of the Air Force Southern Command (AFSOUTH) Surgeon General’s office. Ms. Johnston is a Senior Program Officer for the Improving Processes and Coordination in Theater (IMPACT) study.
The purpose of the IMPACT study’s participation in this global health engagement was to assess the impact of AFSOUTH’ Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) Patient Movement engagements with the Honduran Air Force; to develop a standardized process for similar assessments in the future; and to leverage lessons learned by incorporating them into best practices and recommendations to improve the overall effectiveness of the Department of Defense’s Global Health Engagements (DoD GHEs).
CGHE’s Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation Division works closely with the AFSOUTH Surgeon General’s office in organizing and executing these missions. This was Ms. Johnston’s third trip to Honduras this year in support of AFSOUTH, with this engagement taking her to the Central American country’s capital, Tegucigalpa. She was previously in Honduras in both February and July to observe engagements and assist in developing ways to measure the effectiveness of the SMEEs, with the overall purpose of improving the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating AFSOUTH GHEs. IMPACT is also planning a return visit to Honduras in February 2017 for a follow-on assessment to evaluate longer-term outcomes.
The IMPACT study aims to assess the impact of GHEs on US military personnel’s capabilities and readiness and on partner nations’ medical capabilities, with the purpose of improving the effectiveness of GHEs and enhancing the foundation for long-term support of security cooperation efforts.
For questions regarding the IMPACT Study or to learn more about the evaluation process, please contact the study’s Principal Investigator, Major Geoffrey Oravec, at firstname.lastname@example.org.