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Horoho at AUSA Hot Topic: ‘Health is Readiness’

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Army is trying to “continually push the envelope in health readiness so we can improve the overall well-being of our soldiers and family members, and the health of our entire nation,” Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Army surgeon general and commanding general of U.S. Army Medical Command, said Tuesday. “Health is readiness.”

Horoho spoke during an Association of the U.S. Army symposium focusing on health readiness of soldiers, medical innovations in industry, and better methods of maintaining a combat-ready force. The symposium was sponsored by AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare.

The Army needs the help of its uniformed and civilian medical staffs, outside medical experts and industry partners to continue making improvements in health care, Horoho said.

“When we look at bringing everybody together, it really is the opportunity to say how do we reinvent, how do we reimagine, how do we rethink, so the problems—or the opportunities of today—can be solved using different … innovations out there," Horoho said. “I would submit that the health of our nation is directly tied to the health of our military, and the health of our military is directly tied to the health of our nation.”

“What we do will have a direct impact on the strength of our nation,” Horoho said.

The medical symposium is part of AUSA’s Hot Topics series of professional development seminars. Learn more about future Hot Topics.