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1 1 “Protecting, promoting, and advancing the health and safety of the Nation”

2 2 Objectives Define the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Define the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Discuss the mission and history of the USPHS Discuss the mission and history of the USPHS Describe the structure of the USPHS and the role of nursing in the USPHS structure Describe the structure of the USPHS and the role of nursing in the USPHS structure Discussion: Q & A Discussion: Q & A

3 3 Who are We?  The nation’s foremost health service with highly-trained mobile health professionals led by the Surgeon General  A principle component of the Department of Health and Human Service’s (DHHS) dual personnel System  DHHS consists of approximately:  64,750 employees total  6,500 Commissioned Corps Officers

4 4 Seven Uniformed Services of the U.S. Federal Government LegislativeExecutive Department of Defense ArmyAir ForceMarinesNavy Department of Health and Human Services USPHS Department of Homeland Security US Coast Guard Department of Commerce NOAA Judicial

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6 6 Vice Admiral Regina Benjamin MD, MBA 18 th Surgeon General of the United States

7 7 USPHS Mission To protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of the Nation through: Rapid and effective response to public health needs Rapid and effective response to public health needs Leadership and excellence in public health practices Leadership and excellence in public health practices Advancement of public health science Advancement of public health science

8 8 Our Origins Our Origins   1798 Act for Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen signed to provide care for merchant seaman and US Navy   1870 Reorganization to create a Marine Hospital Service   1889 Formalized as the Commissioned Corps   1912 Renamed Public Health Service   1939 Became part of the Federal Security Agency   1980 Became part of the Department of Health and Human Services

9 9 USPHS Seal Used to symbolize trade or commerce (PHS relationship with merchant seaman and maritime industry) Later became symbol of medicine Fouled Anchor = seaman in distress Caduceus (winged wand with 2 serpents intertwined)

10 10 USPHS Flag   Evolved out of the quarantine flag used by the Service on quarantine vessels and stations   Blue and yellow colors of the PHS represent its roots in maritime and quarantine activities

11 11 USPHS Categories Physician Physician Dentist Dentist Nurse Nurse Pharmacist Pharmacist Dietitian Dietitian Engineer Engineer Environmental health officer Environmental health officer Mental health specialist, Mental health specialist, Health services officer Health services officer Scientist/researcher Scientist/researcher Therapist Therapist Veterinarian Veterinarian

12 12 Where USPHS Officers Serve Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Food and Drug Administration Food and Drug Administration Health Resources and Services Administration Health Resources and Services Administration Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Indian Health Service Indian Health Service National Institutes of Health National Institutes of Health Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health Office of the Secretary Office of the Secretary Program Support Center Program Support Center Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

13 13 Where USPHS Officers Serve District of Columbia Commission on Mental Health Services District of Columbia Commission on Mental Health Services Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Protection Agency Federal Bureau of Prisons Federal Bureau of Prisons National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Park Service National Park Service U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Department of Defense U.S. Department of Defense U.S. Department of Homeland Security U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE) Health Service Corps U.S. Coast Guard U.S. Marshals Service U.S. Marshals Service

14 14 Duty Locations Coast to Coast Washington DC Arizona New MexicoSouth Dakota Washington

15 15 USPHS Deployment Teams

16 16 USPHS - Missions of the Past  Hurricane Relief for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma  Hurricane Relief in Florida for Hurricanes Charlie, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne  Back fill for pharmacists at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD  Mass Medication Distribution for Anthrax Prophylaxis following September 11 th, 2001

17 17 USPHS - Above and Beyond  USPHS Officers have volunteered to serve overseas in assisting foreign Ministry of Health departments to establish health care systems - Thailand (2005) - Iraq (2004) - Haiti (2004)

18 18 Resources Overview of DHHS: Overview of DHHS: USPHS Student Opportunities: USPHS Student Opportunities: Contact Information: Contact Information: CDR Tammie Howard CDR Tammie Howard

19 19 QUESTIONS?


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