Activity

DHS Occupational Health and Operational Medicine Infrastructure


Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Environmental Health, Health Care Workforce, Health Services, Coverage, and Access
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

Activity Description

In response to a request from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Health Affairs, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will conduct a review of the current occupational health and operational medicine infrastructure at DHS and provide recommendations on how infrastructures within component agencies can be better integrated into a coordinated, DHS-wide system with the necessary centralized oversight authority. An IOM committee will generate a report that prioritizes recommendations on short- and long-term measures DHS can adopt to better serve the health needs of its workforce. Specifically, the committee will address the following questions:

  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the current agency-wide occupational health and operational medicine infrastructure at DHS?
  • What best practices in operational medicine, workforce health protection and occupational health and safety could be adapted from other relevant federal agencies and organizations?
  • What are the key functions of an integrated occupational health and operational medicine infrastructure?
  • What departmental oversight will be necessary to ensure the implementation of an integrated infrastructure?
  • What quality metrics are needed to facilitate evidence-based quality improvements?
  • What are the potential impacts, including cost savings, of an integrated occupational health and operational medicine infrastructure at DHS?

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