Courage to Care Collection

In its 6th year of continuous publication, the Courage to Care campaign draws from Uniformed Services University's and the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress expertise in military medicine and military unique health and mental health issues. In November 2010, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress developed and disseminated two fact sheets that generated considerable interest and attention: "Asking for Help: Facilitating Important Behaviors for Health and Family Function" for providers, and "Asking for Help: Do you Know How?" for military families. Defense Media Activity, DoD's direct line of communication for news and information to U.S. forces worldwide, featured Courage to Care's "Asking for Help" fact sheets on its service member blog.

Flu Season 2013: A Public Health Perspective for Military Providers

Flu Season 2013: A Public Health Perspective for Military Providers

The flu season is not just a time of routine vaccination; it presents opportunities for public health education around individual and family health and important hygiene behaviors within and outside

Courage to Care: Caring Your Family During Flu Season

Courage to Care: Caring Your Family During Flu Season

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, which can result in hospitalization, even death. Older people, young children and people with certain health conditions are at

Evaluation and Treatment of Genital Injuries in Combat Warriors

Evaluation and Treatment of Genital Injuries in Combat Warriors

This year’s annual Artiss Symposium, “The Evaluation and Treatment of Genital Injuries in Combat Warriors,” was sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Courage to Care: The Doctor-Patient Relationship

Courage to Care: The Doctor-Patient Relationship

The doctor-patient relationship is the most important component of ongoing care. It is the basis of medical practice, sustaining care, providing comfort, relief of pain and the basis of the

Courage to Care: Tips for Caring for Your Newborn and Yourself

Courage to Care:  Tips for Caring for Your Newborn and Yourself

Military Children are our nation’s children. Congratulations on the birth of your Military Child who enters a special community of caring and courage. These are traditions and values that belong

Courage to Care: Traumatic Brain Injury (For Providers)

Courage to Care: Traumatic Brain Injury (For Providers)

A significant number of U.S. troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) ranging from mild (mTBI) to moderate to severe. Estimates range from a

Courage to Care: Traumatic Brain Injury (For Families)

Courage to Care:  Traumatic Brain Injury (For Families)

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has become a topic of interest and concern amongst military families, especially those with loved ones previously or currently deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Among the

Courage to Care: Sustaining Healthcare Continuity (For Providers)

Courage to Care:  Sustaining Healthcare Continuity (For Providers)

Importantly, moving can disrupt individual and family healthcare routines. Military families move around the nation and around the globe. While relocation is a part of military life and military tradition,

Courage to Care: Suicide Facts (For Families)

Courage to Care:  Suicide Facts (For Families)

Suicide has increased dramatically in the military since the start of the global war on terrorism. Family members and military leaders are all working together to address the needs of

Courage to Care: Suicide Facts for Primary Care Providers

Courage to Care:  Suicide Facts for Primary Care Providers

Suicide of our military service members is the highest on record, rising for a fourth straight year and surpassing the suicide rate in the general population. In the Army, about

Courage to Care: Staying the Course

Courage to Care:  Staying the Course

While we often look to our doctors and our healthcare system to take care of us, we have a most important role in this process. Our doctors may provide advice:

Courage to Care: Safety, Health, Preparedness (For Families – Archive)

Courage to Care:  Safety, Health, Preparedness (For Families – Archive)

This fall our nation observes the 5th anniversary of 9/11, the anthrax attacks, and the War on Terror. Service members and their families have played a vital role in our

Courage to Care: Reuniting With Your Loved One

Courage to Care:  Reuniting With Your Loved One

In response to numerous inquiries from family and friends of loved ones returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) would like

Courage to Care: Reintegration Roadmap

Courage to Care:  Reintegration Roadmap

Uniformed Services University applauds the educational efforts and programs our Department of Defense community is providing to assist troops and their families in the reintegration process post deployment. To enhance

Courage to Care: Public Health Emergencies (Family)

Courage to Care:  Public Health Emergencies (Family)

Public health emergencies, such as the swine flu epidemic, create a call to action for individuals and families to take responsibility for their health. The public is a key partner

Courage to Care: Public Health Emergencies (Provider)

Courage to Care:  Public Health Emergencies (Provider)

Public health emergencies, such as those involving a potential global pandemic, create numerous opportunities and challenges around public health communication, preparedness, and response. Healthcare providers play a significant role in

Courage to Care: Psychological First Aid

Courage to Care:  Psychological First Aid

As a healthcare provider, first responder, leader or manager of disaster operations, this fact sheet describes an evidenced-based approach for helping victims cope in the immediate aftermath of a disaster

Courage to Care: Military Families on the Move

Courage to Care:  Military Families on the Move

Moving, one of the most stressful life events, can be especially difficult for families when service members are deploying or returning from deployment. Part of your checklist before and after

Courage to Care: Invisible Injuires of War (For Provider)

Courage to Care:  Invisible Injuires of War (For Provider)

The invisible injuries of service members resulting from our nation’s war on terrorism pose complex challenges for military families, especially military children. With injuries such as post traumatic stress disorder

Courage to Care: The Impact of Invisible Injuries (For Families)

Courage to Care:  The Impact of Invisible Injuries (For Families)

The injuries of war change the lives of service members, families and children. Invisible injuries such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) can be

Courage to Care: Helping National Guard and Reserve to Re-Enter Workplace

Courage to Care:  Helping National Guard and Reserve to Re-Enter Workplace

This fact sheet explains the emotional and psychological issues that reservists may experience transitioning from active duty into their former job or workplace. It is written for both the military

Courage to Care: Health Literacy (For Provider)

Courage to Care:  Health Literacy (For Provider)

There is increasing recognition that a patient’s lack of preparedness for self-care is most often due to lack of knowledge and understanding of the health care system — that is

Courage to Care: The Health Consequences of Disasters and Evacuation

Courage to Care:  The Health Consequences of Disasters and Evacuation

This installment of Courage to Care is designed to facilitate doctor-patient dialogue around the health implications of exposure to disasters, especially those that require the need for evacuation. The talking

Courage to Care: Fostering Safety, Health, and Preparedness (Archive)

Courage to Care:  Fostering Safety, Health, and Preparedness (Archive)

Military medical providers will play an important role this fall as the nation observes the 5th anniversary of 9/11, the anthrax attacks, and the War on Terror. Disaster anniversary events

Courage to Care: Primary Care Strategies to Foster Male Health Care Seeking

Courage to Care:  Primary Care Strategies to Foster Male Health Care Seeking

Gender roles and socialization may partially explain why help seeking patterns in men are historically lower than in women, especially related to emotional problems and depressive symptoms. Primary care providers

Courage to Care: How Can I Get Him to Seek Help?

Courage to Care:  How Can I Get Him to Seek Help?

Women play a key role in encouraging men to seek help for health problems. It is often a wife or important female (girlfriend, mother, sister or aunt) who is the

Courage to Care: Flu Season, A Teachable Moment

Courage to Care:  Flu Season, A Teachable Moment

We hope this fact sheet, and the attached fact sheet for patients will enhance your communication with service members and their families during the flu season. Flu season is a

Courage to Care: Family Planning for Disasters

Courage to Care:  Family Planning for Disasters

Major events such as Hurricane Katrina make us think about the impact of such disasters on our family and loved ones, and how prepared we would be. Whether we live

Courage to Care: Depression in Primary Care

Courage to Care:  Depression in Primary Care

Due to concerns around stigma and one’s career, primary care is often the setting of choice for service members and families to address mental health issues. Our nation’s war on

Courage to Care: What Military Families Should Know About Depression

Courage to Care:  What Military Families Should Know About Depression

Depression is one of the most common and treatable mental disorders. Service members and their families experience unique emotional challenges. Deployment and redeployment, single parenting and long absences of loved

Courage to Care: Helping Children Cope During Deployment

Courage to Care:  Helping Children Cope During Deployment

This fact sheet contains useful information for you — parents and family caregivers — to help children cope during a parents’ deployment. Experts in military medicine and family trauma who

Courage to Care: Caring Your Family During Flu Season

Courage to Care:  Caring Your Family During Flu Season

If you are a military mom or dad, grandparent or caregiver, here are some important things you should know about the flu, and caring for children during the flu season.

Courage to Care: Alcohol and Your Health

Courage to Care:  Alcohol and Your Health

Deployments, family separations, single parenting, and reintegration stressors can make service members, their spouses, and even their adolescent children vulnerable to alcohol misuse, abuse, or dependence. Most people who drink

Courage to Care: Becoming A Couple Again

Courage to Care:  Becoming A Couple Again

Coming together as a couple after war deployment isn’t always easy or something that happens naturally. It requires effort, and an understanding that each person has grown and changed during

Courage to Care: Advancing the Health of the Family Left Behind

Courage to Care:  Advancing the Health of the Family Left Behind

This Courage to Care focuses on the anxieties and concerns of families, especially children, of deployed soldiers. We draw upon the expertise of leaders in military medicine and family trauma

Courage to Care: Adherence Addressing A Range of Patient Health Behaviors

Courage to Care:  Adherence Addressing A Range of Patient Health Behaviors

Patient adherence challenges health care providers and our healthcare system. Adherence encompasses a wide range of health behaviors related to routine preventative healthcare (e.g., annual mammogram, yearly physical, cholesterol check),

Courage to Care: Addressing Alcohol Misuse (Provider sheet)

Courage to Care:  Addressing Alcohol Misuse (Provider sheet)

In our current climate of multiple deployments, family separations, single parenting and reintegration challenges, it is reasonable to screen for problem drinking in the military community. Problem drinking is a

Courage to Care: Asking for Help (Family)

Courage to Care:  Asking for Help (Family)

Not asking for help, or asking too late, can turn a manageable situation into something more serious.  For many people, ‘asking for help’ is not as easy as it sounds.

Courage to Care: Asking for Help (Provider Sheet)

Courage to Care:  Asking for Help (Provider Sheet)

Professionals in healthcare and family support frequently encounter individuals who need, but do not know how to ask for help. When people have difficulty asking for help, manageable issues can