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    Champions for Public Health Now and in the Future

    Champions for Public Health Now and in the Future

    Photo By Jonathan Donnelly | Public Health Nurses from various commands gather for a photo following the Health...... read more read more



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    Warfighter Wellness

    The life of a Navy Public Health Nurse (PHN) is one of meeting immediate needs, while advocating for the future health and wellness of the commands/community they serve. Working together is critical to their success and is why the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC)’s Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) Department hosted the Health Promotion (HP)/Warfighter Wellness (W2) Champion Training/Meeting, August 22-26, 2022.

    PHNs from all over the world attended the meeting, which featured an overview of health care topics by HPW’s subject matter experts (SMEs) and a briefing on HPW’s Wellness and Readiness (WaR) and Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Training (P3T) programs.

    “Our belief is that Navy PHNs possess a combination of unique education, training and experience that is fundamental to shaping the future of HP/W2 as Champions,” said Anthony Barkley, HPW Department Head.

    The event featured guest speaker Dr. Brandi Alford, a federal contractor and public health educator, who presented on the Department of Defense (DoD) Substance Use Campaigns. Rear Admiral. Cynthia A. Kuehner, Commander, Naval Medical Forces Support Command/Director of the Nurse Corps also joined virtually to address the group.

    Participants discussed their experiences, questions and concerns regarding Navy Medicine Health Promotion programs, requirements and the role of the PHN’s now and in the future.

    “As a secondary 1940 currently on recruiting duty, the NMCPHC training gave me the tools, knowledge and connections to infuse public health into my current assignment and take strides towards elevating the health and wellness of my command,” said Lt. Antoinette Mantz, meeting attendee. “I can’t wait to get back and get to work!”

    PHNs agreed that collaboration between HPW and the 1940 Navy Public Health nurse Nurse community is invaluable and will improve the health of Navy and Marine Corps communities for years to come.

    “Continual collaboration between the two groups would be very advantageous for the health of our populations, through continued training opportunities, billets, and deployments. Thank you to your team for this fantastic opportunity! I hope this opportunity becomes an annual event," added Lt. Erica Monsees, meeting attendee.

    Although the PHN community consists of less than 20 professionals , it is backed and supported by a robust group of 1, 940 dedicated experts with Public Health Nursing as their primary subspecialty, t. This group is responsible for the continuation and support of service on the front lines of public health, providing care to various populations and developing innovations in health care that contribute to the overall readiness of our military force.

    The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) develops and shapes public health for the U.S. Navy and Marines Corps through health surveillance, epidemiology and analysis, disease and injury prevention, and public health consultation. Learn more by going to Follow NMCPHC on social media at and



    Date Taken: 09.26.2022
    Date Posted: 09.26.2022 09:24
    Story ID: 430073
    Location: PORTSMOUTH , VA, US 

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