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Twenty-first Century Emergency Response Efforts

10/31/2018 12:00:00 AM

“Twenty-first Century Emergency Response Efforts of the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service”Journal of Emergency Management, Vol. 16, No. 5, September/October 2018

By LCDR Jeffery L. Sumter, DrPH…

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Washington Post on American Airlines Discrimination

10/12/2018 12:00:00 AM

As a result of outreach from COA, a Washington Post columnist published a piece about how American Airlines treats US Public Health Service officers with regard to baggage check. The article appeared on 12 Octo…

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Washington Post on OMB Proposal

6/27/2018 12:00:00 AM

COA opposes the drastic cuts to the Commissioned Corps as proposed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in its reform plan titled, "Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and R…

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2018 USPHS Symposium Photos

6/25/2018 12:00:00 AM

Find and download photos from the 53rd USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium, which was hosted in Dallas on June 4-7, 2018. Thanks to photographers LCDR Nicole M. Bell and CDR Patricio Garcia for serving as p…

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Senator Van Hollen Awarded

5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM

Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland received the COA 2017 Congressional Public Health Leadership Award.

COA presented the award to Senator Van Hollen because of his voting record throughout many years of publi…

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NMFA Spouse Scholarships

5/4/2018 12:00:00 AM

Applications are now being accepted for the National Military Family Association’s Spouse Scholarships and career advancement funding. Apply now through June 30, 2018 by answering some survey questions and tell…

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COA Board of Directors: Voting Open

5/2/2018 12:00:00 AM

Voting is now open for elections to the COA Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2018-19.  Voting closes on June 1. 

Click here to vote online.  The applications linked below are also available when you vote onli…

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Blended Retirement

2/2/2018 12:00:00 AM

The new Blended Retirement System (BRS) for uniformed service personnel, including officers in the U.S. Public Health Service, became effective on 1 January 2018. You are eligible to transfer into this new syst…

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2018 USPHS Calendars for Sale

1/6/2017 12:00:00 AM

Happy New Year to COA/COF members and friends. The 2018 USPHS Calendar is now available. The 5th annual calendar, now supported by COF, can be purchased for only $10.

Click here for the order form.

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Helping Our Own

9/8/2017 12:00:00 AM

Donate to help PHS officers whose homes were damaged by the recent hurricane and flooding. Please send a check made out to “COF” or click on this website to donate to COF through PayPal.

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Instant Admirals, Editorial

5/8/2017 12:00:00 AM

Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General, argues the Office of the Surgeon General and the USPHS Commissioned Corps "should be treated with the same dignity, respect, accountability, and civilian politica…

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PHS Billets at VA

4/13/2017 12:00:00 AM

On April 13, 2017, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy announced a Memorandum of Agreement was signed to provide the VA with Commissioned Corps officers who will provide clinical care to veterans.  COA applauds the pa…

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Ebola Campaign Medal

3/30/2017 12:00:00 AM

During the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Rear Admiral (RADM) Scott Giberson led the effort to establish the Monrovia Medical Unit facilities. After the PHS deployments ended, RADM Giberson and other officers pushe…

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Expanded Maternity Leave for USPHS

12/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

On December 8, 2016, Surgeon General VADM Vivek Murthy announced that 84 days of non-chargeable maternity leave would be extended to active duty PHS officers, effective December 5, 2016. The announcement, polic…

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Model for True PHS Reserve Corps

11/22/2016 12:00:00 AM

COA Executive Director Jim Currie wrote about his vision for a true PHS reserve component. Published by ROA on its blog UnReserved on November 22, 2016, Jim wrote, "There has been considerable discussion about …

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Award Nominations Due 12/31

10/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

The Awards Committee will accept nominations for COA awards until midnight on December 31 each year. Nominate your colleagues for these awards: Health Leader of the Year, Local Branch of the Year (small and lar…

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Membership Drive: Start Your Engines

10/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

COA is launching a Membership Drive to encourage members to recruit other officers to join. It starts on November 1, 2016. Current members will be rewarded for recruiting new members and for getting officers wh…

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Data Breach at Commissioned Corps HQ

10/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

In an email on October 3, the Commissioned Corps Headquarters confirmed, "unauthenticated visitors to CCMIS could access PII, including names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers." Headquarters was refe…

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Public Health Fair on Capitol Hill

7/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

Directors and staff of COA attended the first Public Health Fair on Capitol Hill. The event was hosted by the Coalition for Health Funding, of which COA is a member. Representatives Rob Wittman (R-VA) and Gene …

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2016 USPHS Symposium Photos

6/17/2016 12:00:00 AM

CDR Kun Shen and CDR Don Schmidt were photographers at the 2016 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium.  They both captured amazing photos of the sessions, scenes, and attendees throughout the week.  The photo…

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Inspirational Video of USPHS

6/6/2016 12:00:00 AM

LT Nabeel Babaa of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration produced and edited this amazing video of the U.S. Public Health Service, its long history, and 2015 response to the outbreak of Ebola. Thanks to CDR Kun…

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CAPT Rob Tosatto is COA Health Leader of the Year

5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

Captain Rob Tosatto serves as Director of the Medical Reserve Corps under the Partner Readiness and Emergency Programs Division and is the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Respo…

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USA Today: Nurses thrust into guard duty at federal prisons

4/27/2016 12:00:00 AM

Kevin Johnson of USA Today wrote a second story about problems USPHS Commissioned Corps officers are experiencing at the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). He writes, "Nurses, physical therapists and other senior medical…

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USA Today: Labor fight threatens inmate health care

4/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

USA Today published a story on 14 April about the continuing dispute between Commissioned Corps officers and civilian staff at the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). BOP currently employs 870 officers, the fourth largest…

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COA Defends GI Bill

4/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

COA Executive Director Jim Currie was a speaker at a 14 April press conference on Capitol Hill that protested proposed cuts in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. The event was organized by the Iraq and Afghanistan Vet…

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Vote for the COA Board of Directors

4/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

Members of COA may submit their votes here before the elections close on April 22. Five seats on the Board will open on July 1, 2016. They include: Field Officer, Pharmacist Officer, Retired Officer, Therapist …

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2016 Local Branch of the Year Nominations

4/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

Click here for the call for nominations. Nominations are due by April 15.

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Webinar with COA Updates

4/6/2016 12:00:00 AM

CDR Josef Rivero, chair of the COA Local Branch Committee, hosted a webinar for Local Branch leaders. They covered many topics including PT uniforms, Local Branch of the Year awards, a new COA award for civilia…

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Blended Retirement Webinar

3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM

Executive Director Jim Currie hosted a webinar called, "The New Uniformed Services Retirement System: How Does It Affect You?" CDR Mark McKinnon of Commissioned Corps Headquarters assisted in answering many que…

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2016 USPHS Symposium

3/24/2016 12:00:00 AM

Click here for a short YouTube video with details of the 2016 USPHS Symposium. Post a video of why you attend the Symposium on the COA Facebook page.

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USPHS Team Deploys to Flint

2/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

A specialized team of U.S. Public Health Service officers deployed to Flint, MI, to conduct medical follow-up for children with high lead levels and assist local authorities in the response efforts. The city of…

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USPHS Turns 127

1/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

Happy Birthday, Public Health Service!

Though the actual name “Public Health Service” would not be applied until thirteen years later, it was on this date in 1889 that President Grover Cleveland signed into law…

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USPHS Officers Receive AMSUS Awards

12/28/2015 12:00:00 AM

AMSUS, the Society of Federal Health Professionals and fellow member of The Military Coalition, announced dozens of USPHS officers as 2015 AMSUS Award Recipients. The Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU) received the Hu…

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USPHS Receives Presidential Unit Citation

9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

President Obama welcomed officers of the U.S. Public Health Service to the Oval Office to receive the Presidential Unit Citation.  President Obama recognized the PHS Commissioned Corps for its work as a uniform…

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COA Pet Health Insurance

9/22/2015 12:00:00 AM

COA members can now access valuable pet protection with Hartville Pet Insurance. Make sure you have help giving your pet the best care possible with Hartville Pet Insurance which covers your dog or cat for acci…

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Deputy Surgeon General, RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams

10/26/2015 12:00:00 AM

Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams was sworn in as Deputy Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service by HHS Acting Deputy Secretary Mary K. Wakefield and Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy.  RADM Trent-…

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Congressional Public Health Caucus Add Co-Chairs

9/21/2015 12:00:00 AM

Representatives Kay Granger (R-TX), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and Jim McGovern (D-MA) joined Caucus founders Representatives Rob Wittman (R-VA) and Gene Green (D-TX) as co-chairs of the Congressional Public…

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USPHS Ensemble Performs at the World War II Memorial

7/18/2015 12:00:00 AM

On 18 July 2015 the United States Public Health Service Music Ensemble presented a concert on the national mall at the World War II Memorial. Distinguished guests included thirty World War II veterans from San …

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OPM Data Breach - Impact on the Public Health Service?

6/26/2015 12:00:00 AM

Here is a message from Commissioned Corps Headquarters.  "The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) cyber intrusion investigation is ongoing.  While there is no evidence Commissioned Corps systems were compromis…

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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Outlines Priorities

6/2/2015 12:00:00 AM

VADM Vivek Murthy, 19th Surgeon General, outlined his vision for building the Great American Community.  Surgeon General Murthy's four priorities include: 1) communicating clearly with the public, 2) moving fro…

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