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In 2021, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday launched a service-wide initiative to “Get Real, Get Better.” Central to this call-to-action is for every Sailor to strengthen their leadership skills and problem solving abilities to achieve superior and consistent performance in all that we do. For our One Navy Medicine Family, we fully embrace “Getting Real” and “Getting Better.”  

Get Real, Get Better:  Support of COVID DSCA Mission, 2020-2022
COVID Booster Image Based on lessons learned from the early deployments in support of civil authorities during the pandemic, we used rapid-cycle feedback to rework the medical support team model.  The new teams were generated from specialized skillsets and different medical treatment facilities across the Navy Medicine Enterprise.  Their chief hallmark was their versatility in providing the specific expertise to local acute care facilities. Between July 2020 and March 2020, we deployed these teams to 28 different cities where their provided indispensable medical care to civilian hospitals and clinics.
Get Real, Get Better: PHA Backlog
PHA Image The closure of in-person visits to MTFs early in the pandemic led to an accumulation of overdue Periodic Health Assessments (PHAs)—this represented over 25% of the force and ultimately affected force readiness.Navy Medicine worked to better “virtualize” these PHAs, the required questionnaires and the military provider visits while also developing new guidance that provided PHA prioritization and readiness assessments for Navy Medical Forces. The impact of these changes were immediate and significant.By December 2021, the backlog of overdue PHAs was reduced by more than sixty thousand (60,000)!

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