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Title: Transformation of the USPHS Commissioned Corps


1
Transformation of the USPHS Commissioned Corps
  • Reasons and Direction

2
July 3, 2003 - Secretary Tommy Thompson Announced
His Vision
  • Enable the Corps to respond more quickly and
    effectively to public health emergencies
  • Better address pressing public health needs

3
The Proposed Mission of the Commissioned Corps of
the U.S. Public Health Service
  • "Protecting, promoting, and advancing the health
    and safety of the Nation.
  • As America's uniformed service of public
    health professionals, the Commissioned Corps
    achieves this mission through
  • rapid and effective response to public health
    needs
  • leadership excellence in public health practices,
    and
  • the advancement of public health science.

4
Transformation will Take Advantage of Commission
Corps
  • Unique qualities
  • Professionally Trained Health Experts
  • Dedicated to Protecting Health
  • On Duty 24/7
  • Mobile
  • Unique capabilities
  • Respond When Needed
  • Respond Where Needed
  • Provide Comprehensive Public Health Services

5
Why Enable the Corps to Respond?
  • DHHS Primary Coordinator for National Response
    Plan (NRP) Emergency Support Function 8 Public
    Health and Medical Services Annex
  • Catastrophic Incident Annex to NRP

6
Why Enable the Corps to Respond?
  • Worse case, could require over 20,000 public
    health experts and direct care providers
  • Active Duty Commissioned Corps
  • Inactive Reserve Commissioned Corps
  • Ready Reserve
  • Civil Service Medical Ready Reserve

7
Broad Range of Public Health Issues and Needs
  • Improve and expand the presence of officers
    within all existing functions and programs
  • Requires epidemiologists, scientists, engineers,
    environmental health officers, veterinaries and
    other related public health professionals
  • Expansion envisioned for clinical practitioners
    in IHS, HRSA, and perhaps other organizations

8
Progress To Date
  • Lewin Group
  • Focus Groups of various stakeholders
  • Draft report of observations
  • Transformation Working Group
  • Develop various Secretarial policy options Big
    Picture
  • Implementation must be a mutually supportive
    management relationship between agencies and the
    Commissioned Corps

9
Why Secretarial Policies Now?
  • To provide additional direction beyond July 2003
    vision announcement
  • To provide the resources to plan, communicate,
    and implement transformation
  • To permit the collection of information and data
    to develop a implementation plan

10
Transformation Is About
  • Assure we can respond to Nations emerging and
    emergency public health needs
  • Expanding the Corps
  • Clearly defining the Corps Mission
  • Expanding opportunities for officers
  • Assuring officers obtain basic training and
    formalized career development

11
Transformation Has Only Begun
  • After the Secretary has selected which options to
    implement
  • Implementation Workgroups
  • Professional Advisory Committees Involvement
  • Chief Professional Officers Involvement
  • Agencies Involvement
  • Detailed implementation plan
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