The United States Public Health Service’s (USPHS) Community Health and Service Missions (CHASM) bridges the chasm of health disparities by providing essential human services for those who are least able to help themselves. CHASM improves emergency response capacity by fostering collaborations among local, state, tribal, and nongovernmental organizations.
CHASM is an innovative avenue for efficiently utilizing the U.S. Public Health Services Commissioned Corps (USPHS), a highly mobile cadre of multi-disciplinary subject matter experts from across federal agencies, to partner with local communities. USPHS response teams are deployed to underserved areas where officers provide expertise and participate in subject matter exchange in environmental health, epidemiology, toxicology, program administration and development, dental, veterinary, nursing, primary care, mental health, preventive medicine, and applied public health care.
Since the establishment of CHASM in 2010, $2.85 million worth of health-related services have been provided. For every dollar invested in a project, at least two dollars of services are rendered. This makes the return on investment significant particularly when communities and government are under tight budgetary constraints. Even more valuable, is the lasting impact the missions have on the community through newly acquired skills. CHASM fosters local participation and community ownership leading to long term public health improvements.
Kimberly Elenberg, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Carol Lincoln, Indian Health Service
MaryAnn Veitch, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Calvin Edwards, Food and Drug Administration
Alan Parham, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Christopher McGee, U.S. Bureau of Prisons
David Morrissette, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Commissioned Corps Management Information System