Monday, August 1, 2011

Defense Health Board Opens Tacoma Meeting

Defense Health Board, a Federal Advisory Committee to the Department of Defense will hold its next meeting at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Anyone who might be interested is welcome to attend: veterans, retirees, and family members, healthcare personnel both military and civilian.

The Board’s Director (government liaison), Ms Christine Bader, expressed a desire to have members of the local community present at the meeting on the 8th. The sessions on the 8th will take place at the Murano Hotel, 1320 Broadway Plaza in Tacoma. There is no fee to attend, the only request is that individuals who wish to attend sign up preferably via the web, (scroll down to the meeting citation), alternately at the hotel prior to the sessions.

The Board holds four meetings annually, two of which are in locations outside the Washington DC area. At these meetings Board members receive update briefings on evaluations and studies in-progress by one of the many subcommittees of the Board. The Board also votes on some completed reports with their findings and recommendations; approved studies are then prepared for submission to the Department. Finally, the Board receives briefings about the local commands and activities located on the particular installation they visit.

The Board membership includes a number of medical school deans, former senior military members and other private sector healthcare experts with an interest in helping our warriors get the best care possible. Brief bios are available on the website.

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