Healthcare in the United States is at a turning point, and Army Medicine has an opportunity to lead the nation in improved patient outcomes and Army readiness. While the wounds of war have been and will continue to be their to mend and heal, Army Medicine looks forward to transforming from a Healthcare System to a System for Health.
The Army Medicine 2020 Campaign Plan established the framework through which the Army Medicine Department (AMEDD) will achieve its 2020 goals and ensure its forces are ready to met current and emerging medical support requirements.
System for Health is a partnership among Soldiers, Families, Leaders, Health Teams and Communities to promote Readiness, Resilience and Responsibility.
Challenges Facing the Nation and Army
The Army is made up of the best trained, most dedicated, most respected Soldiers in the world — protecting America’s freedoms at home and abroad, securing our homeland, and defending democracy worldwide.
Soldiers in the U.S. Army are the embodiment of physical strength, emotional strength and strength of purpose. Soldiers are prepared to serve our country whenever and wherever they are needed, combat-ready at all times, and trained to counter any threat, anywhere.
Our nation has been in persistent armed conflict for 12 years, which has negatively affected the resilience and health of Soldiers and family members.
Coupled with high-risk behaviors and strain on personal relationships caused by these hardships, the Army has reached a pivot point. We now have the opportunity to improve personnel readiness and resilience through available programs that will improve the readiness and resilience of our force.
Army Families, including our Retirees, are battling the same health threats as the Nation; obesity, diabetes, and chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke.
Unhealthy lifestyles contribute significantly to unsustainably high healthcare costs and decreased health, wellness, and resiliency of our military personnel, retirees and their dependents
Moving Toward a System for Health
On 12 March 2013, Secretary of the Army John McHugh officially launched the Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign (R2C). R2C is a campaign designed to synchronize the Army’s efforts to build physical, emotional, and psychological resilience in our Soldiers, Families and Civilians.
The System for Health initiative is nested with R2C. It moves the Army Medical Department (AMEDD), and ultimately the entire Army, from a system focused on delivering healthcare to a system that also proactively influences the health and well-being of all its beneficiaries with an end-state goal of preventing sickness and injury and promoting healthy choices that build resilience.
The System for Health is the partnership among Soldiers, Retirees, Families, DA civilians, leaders, professionals, and communities to promote readiness, resilience, and overall wellbeing. It is an integration of programs, policies, and initiatives to advance disease prevention and improve health.
The System for Health encourages and incentivizes personal behavior improvements to maintain, restore and improve a person’s physical and mental wellbeing:
Maintain health through fitness and illness/injury prevention.
Restore health through patient-centered care.
Improve health through education, coaching and support for making informed choices in the lifespace (the physical and psychological environment of an individual not spent in interaction with the healthcare system)
The System for Health is aligned with the Army’s Human Dimension initiative to maximize individual and team performance through identification, development, and optimal integration of human capabilities.