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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Was Started by U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Was Started by U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers

On July 1st, 1946, what is now known as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially opened in Atlanta, GA. What many may not know is that the CDC was started by medical officers of one of our country's uniformed services: the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS). It was birthed from WWII and is considered by some to be the largest institutional legacy from the war.The CDC's original name in 1946 was the "Communicable Disease Center;" however, much before that the CDC was spawned from something called the Malaria Control in War Areas (MCWA) program administered...

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Remember the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps on Memorial Day

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Remember the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is meant to honor those who lost their lives while serving in the Armed Forces. We must always remember that the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps has been militarized during many of the great wars, and USPHS officers have lost their lives. USPHS officers first entered war during the Spanish-American war in 1898. They weren't officially militarized at that point, but it called into the question the role of the Service during wartime. The government essentially didn't want to compromise the primary role of protecting the Nation's public health while still utilizing the Service's valuable support...

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A Conversation with RADM (ret) Scott Giberson

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A Conversation with RADM (ret) Scott Giberson

Modern U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps culture and history wouldn't be complete without hearing from this officer! RADM (ret) Scott Giberson started his U.S. Public Health Service career as a pharmacist in the Indian Health Service (IHS). He was a staunch advocate for advanced pharmacy practice. After responding to the 9/11 anthrax attacks in 2001, he was tapped to serve as senior public health advisor for U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM). He eventually went on to serve as the national IHS HIV/AIDs consultant, chief pharmacy officer for USPHS, director of Commissioned Corps HQ, assistant Surgeon General, and commander of the...

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How Did USPHS Officers Become Veterans?

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How Did USPHS Officers Become Veterans?

Happy Veterans Day, or what was previously known as Armistice Day. It’s a day to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans. USPHS officers are considered veterans, but aren’t usually part of the armed forces. So, why are USPHS officers considered veterans? The key to this answer is in the word usually. USPHS was established as a uniformed service in 1889 and was organized according to a military model. The idea was that a mobile cadre of USPHS officers could be sent where needed to protect the nation’s health at U.S. marine hospitals, quarantine stations, and immigrant stations. But...

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From USUHS to COVID-19: RADM (ret) Michael Toedt

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From USUHS to COVID-19: RADM (ret) Michael Toedt

  RADM Michael Toedt is a former assistant surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service and chief medical officer of the Indian Health Service. He attended the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and led the COVID-19 response for the Indian Health Service. There is a lot more in between! In our conversation we discuss: 0:00-10:59- introduction, summer whites story, and summary of RADM Toedt's career 11:00-13:38- intro to Toedt Health Solutions 13:39-25:29- describing USUHS and USPHS, how Michael joined the Corps, training to be an officer in USUHS vs present day 25:30-30:49- USPHS uniform culture 30:50-35:59- Michael's hospital...

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