PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- The command at the center of Navy Medicine's public health efforts has a new name. The Navy Environmental Health Center is now officially the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, or NMCPHC.
NMCPHC, known as "the public health center," has always incorporated both Navy and Marine Corps components. The new name more appropriately captures the global nature of the command's public health mission, said Capt. Bill Stover, NMCPHC commanding officer.
"We have provided public health expertise to Navy and Marine Corps activities, public health professionals and communities since our inception, but our name never made the connection clear," said Stover. "Our new name is intended to make our connection to our customers more intuitive, and thereby strengthen our relationship."
According to Stover, "Environmental Health" is a term that is not commonly used, and is not well understood by customers.
"Public Health is used in the United States and around the world to describe activities and professionals who are involved in preventing disease by controlling their sources, promoting health and wellness, and monitoring populations to detect changes in their health status and to recommend interventions preserve health," said Stover. "Our name now reflects what our 250 public health professionals do every day for the Navy and Marine Corps."
The public health center is headquartered in building three on the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth campus in Portsmouth, Va.
For more information on Navy public health programs, visit the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Web site at www-nmcphc.med.navy.mil .
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