The HPDP branch is focused on improved patient-centered care and a broad range of factors that affect health across the population, such as environment, social structure and resource distribution. The branch puts resources toward Population Health Improvements (PHI), which is the balance of awareness, education, prevention and intervention activities required to proactively improve the health of a specified population. Using this multi-faceted approach, the individual is connected to military treatment facilities (MTFs), worksite, and community-based wellness and prevention activities with medical interventions that are centered on primary, secondary and tertiary prevention to improve overall health, and reduce morbidity and premature mortality.
The health promotion strategies and initiatives of the HPDP branch focus on modifying and preventing a person's disease and injury risk by effectively changing behaviors to optimize health and enhance fitness. This allows health services providers to render necessary care while reducing unwarranted treatment variation, and achieving measurable improvements in performance and health status. Current initiatives and campaigns aimed at improving health of the TRICARE beneficiary population include tobacco cessation and education (e.g., Quit Tobacco—Make Everyone Proud), obesity prevention and management, and an alcohol abuse prevention campaign known as That Guy.
The disease prevention section of the HPDP branch produces guidelines that assist MTF staff in establishing medical management programs that utilize a managed care model resulting in the integration of utilization, case, and disease management efforts and activities. The goal is to identify, monitor, evaluate and resolve inefficiencies or wasted resources or services throughout the healthcare system.
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