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The U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (USACHPPM) lineage can be traced back over 50 years to the Army Industrial Hygiene Laboratory. That organization was established at the beginning of World War II and was under the direct jurisdiction of The Army Surgeon General. It was originally located at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, with a staff of three and an annual budget not to exceed three thousand dollars. Its mission was to conduct occupational health surveys of Army-operated industrial plants, arsenals, and depots. These surveys were aimed at identifying and eliminating occupational health hazards within the Department of Defense's industrial production base and proved to be of great benefit to the nation's war effort.

It was known both nationally and internationally as the U.S. Army Environmental Hygiene Agency or USAEHA. Its mission was expanded to support the worldwide preventive medicine programs of the Army, DOD, and other Federal agencies through consultations and supportive services, investigations, and training. 

In 1994, it was redesignated the USACHPPM.  Its mission is to provide worldwide technical support for implementing preventive medicine, public health, and health promotion/wellness services into all aspects of America's Army and the Army Community anticipating and rapidly responding to operational needs and adaptable to a changing world environment.

The USACHPPM headquarters is located at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Five subordinate commands are located at Fort George G. Meade, MD; Fort McPherson, GA; Fort Lewis, WA; Landstuhl, Germany; and Camp Zama, Japan.

The 1056 person USACHPPM team is a linchpin of medical support to combat forces and of the military managed-care system.  It provides worldwide scientific expertise and services in clinical and field preventive medicine, environmental and occupational health, health promotion and wellness, epidemiology and disease surveillance, toxicology, and related laboratory sciences.  It supports readiness by keeping soldiers fit to fight, while also promoting wellness among their families and the Federal civilian workforce.  Professional disciplines represented include chemists, physicists, engineers, physicians, optometrists, epidemiologists, audiologists, nurses, industrial hygienists, toxicologists, entomologists, and many others as well as sub-specialties within these professions.

The organization's quest has always been one of excellence and continuous quality improvement; and today, its vision to be the world-class Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine is clearer than ever. To achieve that end, it holds ever fast to its values which are steeped in its rich heritage:

  • Customer satisfaction is its focus.
  • Its people are its most valued resource.
  • Continuous improvement is its pathway.

It is an organization fiercely proud of its history, yet equally excited about the future. It is destined to continue its development as a world-class organization with expanded services to the Army, DOD, other Federal agencies, the nation and the world community.

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United States Army Center for Health Promotion & Preventive Medicine
5158 Blackhawk Road
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5403
1 (800) 222-9698

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