|Description||LTC Matthew A. Levine, DVM, MPH, MS|
U.S. Army Medical Center and School, Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas
Global Health Engagement: How and Why the US Military Leverages its Medical Capabilities to Promote Stability and Security
The U.S. response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa highlighted the linkage between human health and national security. Operation Unified Assistance, as it came to be called, demonstrated the power of global health activities to support America's national defense, diplomatic, and developmental objectives. In light of this, global health is increasingly viewed as a strategic U.S. interest, capable of addressing the root causes of terrorism and instability. The U.S. military contributes to this whole-of-government effort by leveraging its medical capabilities as a means to build partner capacity, improve health outcomes and set the conditions for regional stability and security. Coined Global Health Engagements (GHEs), these activities are occurring across the world and include international disaster response, humanitarian assistance, and the exchanges of expertise. One such example is the US Army Veterinary Service's (VS) unique approach to food safety in low resource environments. Recently, this capability has been shared with some of America's partner nations to decrease the staggering impact of food- and waterborne disease on both military and civilian populations.
The seminar is sponsored by the Office of Vice Provost for Research and the Environmental Health Science Program, the College of Arts and Sciences.