Study Released on Value of USPHS Commissioned Corps

The University of Maryland School of Public Health released a study commissioned by the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation regarding the value of the USPHS Commissioned Corps to the mission of the Department of Health and Human Services and national priorities.  Click here for the short version and click here for the full version of the report called, "The USPHS Commissioned Corps: A Study on Value and Contributions to the DHHS Mission and National and Global Health Priorities and Initiatives."

The study's author, Muhiuddin Haider, PhD, wrote the following regarding the cost of an officer in the Commissioned Corps:

"The effectiveness, efficiency, efficacy, and comprehensive value of the USPHS CC cannot be determined based on cost factors alone, although almost all previous studies of the Corps have relied solely on this single data point.  There exit in the federal workforce too many variables, too many inconsistencies, too many unmeasurable attributes, and too many contraindications to make any meaningful evaluation based on cost alone, much less useful in assessing overall value and contribution to national health and security."

The study's recommendations for the Commissioned Corps include:

  1. Build relationships with the private sector and organizations such as the American Public Health Association to increase innovative training opportunities.
  2. Increase the officers' role in achieving Healthy People 2020 goals.
  3. Increase public health roles of officers to meet the health workforce needs of America and serve at-risk populations.
  4. Increase recognition of leadership and services provided by officers stationed in different agencies and departments.
  5. Increase advocacy for the USPHS CC.
  6. Increase officers role in global health efforts.
  7. Establish strategic objectives for the USPHS CC to improve functioning and collaboration between managing agencies.
  8. Fund the Public Health Sciences Track. 

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2013 Dependent Scholarship Winners

Six students won funding through the 2013 PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation’s Dependent Scholarship program. Eligible applicants were spouses, children and grandchildren of active duty or retired members of the COF affiliate, the Commissioned Officers Association.

Twelve students, mostly sons and daughters of PHS officers, applied for funding. The Selection Committee, composed of active duty and retired officers, scored each application. The reviewers chose the student with the highest score as this year’s winner of the Ronald Lessing Memorial Scholarship, which comes with a cash prize of $1,000. The award is named in honor of Ronald Lessing, the brother of CAPT Melvin Lessing, USPHS (Ret.).


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