"Optimizing Combat Casualty Care"

Jeffrey Howard, Ph.D., a general health scientist and epidemiologist at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and primary investigator, right, explains the functions of the compensatory reserve measurement to Javier Chapa during an Awareness Program Fair at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research.

USAISR holds Program Awareness Fair for employees

Story and photo by Steven Galvan, DBA
USAISR Public Affairs Officer

U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
15 JUNE 2017

The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research held its 3rd Annual Program Awareness Fair May 10 to promote awareness on the various programs available within the Institute and at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Some of the programs covered during the fair included safety, health, sexual harassment/assault response and prevention, and equal opportunity to name a few.

The intent of the Awareness Fair was to promote an innovative way for the organization to come out and have the opportunity for an information overload,” said Stephanie Truss, USAISR health, safety and environmental manager and co-coordinator of the fair. Truss added that another intent of the fair was to introduce the staff to available in-house resources as well as to introduce new additions to the Institute.

This was the first year that the Quality Management Division held a booth at the Awareness Fair,” said Shyamil Nana, a quality assurance analyst. “QMD monitors compliance throughout the Institute in accordance with applicable regulations and a lot of staff members do not realize that QMD is a valuable resource at keeping our mission viable.”

A new capability at the Institute highlighted at the Awareness Fair was the Battlefield Health and Trauma Center for Human Integrative Physiology. The BHTCHIP was formed by the USAISR Senior Scientist to study inadequate tissue oxygenation associated with military trauma and battlefield health that will result in new knowledge and materiel solutions for accurate and timely assessment of warfighters suffering from hemorrhagic shock or compromised performance.

A memorable comment received from an individual was the praise and interest within the compensatory reserve measurement device,” said Christian Magby, a clinical research coordinator. “Many individuals did not know what all it was and were very excited to see it firsthand.”

A familiar booth at the fair was set up by Amarilys Silva, a family readiness coordinator from the Fort Sam Houston Military and Family Readiness Center. The MFRC booth provided information available on post for military and civilians.

We have classes for anger management, conflict resolution, team building, personality assessment, time management and more,” said Silva. “A couple of civilians told us that they loved us because they were able to utilize our programs because the programs are not just for active duty Service Members. Others didn’t know much about us and were interested in learning what we had to offer.”

The Awareness Fair was located at three different locations throughout the Institute and participation in some of the areas counted as quarterly or annual training requirements. Truss said that the fair is going to be an annual occurrence for staff at the USAISR—a welcomed annual occurrence for some staff members.

Many of our visitors liked the information presented today,” Sgt. Silvia Matchinske, the USAISR Primary Unit Prevention Leader who was in charge of the Army Substance Abuse Program booth. “Our board showed the statistics and rates of the number of deaths, sexual assault incidents, car accidents, ER visits, estimated annual cost, etc., involving alcohol consumption. Many were not even aware that the numbers/percentages of incidents related to underage drinking, binge drinking, drunk driving, and alcohol addiction among adults were as high as it was displayed during this event. Therefore, I feel that our main goal, to train and raise awareness, was definitely accomplished. Yes, this type of event is something that definitely should continue. We had a great time training people, sharing valuable information, as well as raising awareness on the importance of our programs.”