As part of Joining Forces, WebMD is providing specific health and wellness information for the military and their families and clinical education to those who care for them across its entire communication and engagement platform — including Web, mobile, and tablet. WebMD resources related to Joining Forces are available at www.webmd.com — search term "military families." Professional resources will launch on Medscape in the coming months.
In remarks made at a
The toll of military life has health effects not only on those who serve, but also on their spouses, children and extended family members. In a 2010 study published in the
At the press conference, First Lady
Those who are in frequent contact with military families — especially when a parent is deployed — are in a special position to help identify issues and provide help. The medical community, including physicians, nurses, physician assistants and others, play an equally important role in identifying issues and treating family members.
"We are aware of and care about the unique health and well being challenges of military service members and their families, and we are committed to sharing our expertise and leveraging our platforms for the public and healthcare professionals to provide trusted, timely and accessible resources to help," said
From the time of deployment to re-assimilation into civilian life, military families deal with substantial stress and illness. A RAND report estimates that one out of five veterans returning from
Given that the majority of military families do not live on military installations and bases, providing information and education outside of these settings is necessary. WebMD and Medscape support the public and healthcare professionals online, through mobile, Web and apps as well as at the point-of-care in physicians' offices. It is anticipated that this reach and the content offered at each point in time will help to support a broad outreach network and better enable earlier intervention, diagnosis and treatment of military health issues. The WebMD military service and family resources, which are geared toward both consumers and healthcare professionals, provide information specific to the health and medical impacts of military service. These resources include news, features, expert insights, community discussions, video and multimedia programs around the most relevant health and well being issues.
To find out more about the Joining Forces initiative and to find opportunities to support military families, please go to www.joiningforces.gov.
The WebMD Health Network includes
(i) Mansfield, Alyssa J., Ph.D., M.P.H.,
(iii) Tanielian T and Jaycox LH, eds., Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery,
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