THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Health Sciences Policy
Committee on Department of Homeland Security Occupational Health
and Operational Medicine Infrastructure
Advancing Workforce Health at the Department of Homeland Security:
Protecting Those Who Protect Us
Since its creation in 2002, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been aggressively addressing the management challenges of integrating seven core operating component agencies and 18 supporting offices and directorates. One of those challenges is creating and sustaining a coordinated health protection infrastructure. This new report from the Institute of Medicine examines how to strengthen mission readiness while better meeting the health needs of the DHS workforce. It reviews and assesses the agency's current occupational health and operational medicine infrastructure and, based on models and best practices from within and outside DHS, provides recommendations for achieving an integrated, DHS-wide health protection infrastructure with the necessary centralized oversight authority.
This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on January 29, 2014 and can be found, in its entirety, on .