Defense Health Board Meeting

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Defense Health Board announced details of its August 2010 meeting.  Sessions will take place at the United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, New York, on August 18 and 19, 2010.  On August 18, briefings and discussions will be held at the Hotel Thayer, 674 Thayer Road, West Point, NY. The morning session from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the afternoon session from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. will be open to the public in accordance with Federal Advisory Committee Act provisions.  August 19th will entail visits by Board members to a variety of activities at USMA.

The August meeting will include two Board votes; one on the review of the Deployment Health Research Center by the Military Occupational and Environmental Health Subcommittee; and the other on recommendations for measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and anthrax/smallpox vaccines by the Infectious Disease Control subcommittee.  In addition to the votes, the Board will receive two subcommittee updates from the Trauma and Injury Subcommittee and from the DoD Task Force on Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces.  The Board also will receive briefings on topics for which DoD may request Board evaluation and recommendations; these topics are:  theater air monitoring plan; prescribing and use of psychiatric medications; use of complementary and alternative medical practices.  Finally, the Board will receive information briefings regarding USMA activities.  

Dr. Wayne Lednar, co-vice president of the Board, reflected, "The diversity of issues brought to the Defense Health Board for consideration and recommendations requires expert knowledge and experience, but importantly, we must grasp the lifestyle and experiences that warriors face during their careers in the Armed Forces. An introduction to USMA provides a glimpse of the training young men and women receive as they aspire to become the next generation of Army officers."

Any member of the public may submit written comments to the Defense Health Board. Statements should be addressed to the Board's Designated Federal Officer through the Executive Secretary and sent so that they are received at least 10 calendar days (August 8th) prior to the meeting.

Commander Edmond F. Feeks, USN, serves as the Board's Executive Secretary; his address:  Defense Health Board, Five Skyline Place, 5111 Leesburg Pike, Suite 810, Falls Church, VA  22041-3206,  When using email, please also include Ms. Lisa Jarrett, on correspondence.

The full meeting agenda may be found at the Board's website:

Defense Health Board is a Federal Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Defense.  It provides independent scientific advice/recommendations on matters relating to operational programs, health policy development, health research programs, and requirements for the treatment and prevention of disease and injury, promotion of health and the delivery of health care to DoD beneficiaries

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