objective are to reduce loss of military and civilian man-hours and to improve
effectiveness by safeguarding the health of the command. The PVNTMED Activity is a
separate organization within the MEDCEN.
a. Office of the Chief. The duties of the Chief of the PVNTMED Service
include directing PVNTMED activities throughout the HSA; providing professional
consultation to the MEDCEN commander and staff; maintaining Iiaison and coordinating
with Federal, state, and local authorities; preparing and submitting appropriate reports;
providing overall occupational health program guidance; and initiating formal and in-
service training programs.
b. Environmental Health Section. The Environmental Health Section conducts
an environmental sanitation program; operates an Environmental Health Laboratory to
ensure water quality; conducts surveys and investigations to assist in monitoring all
aspects of environmental health, industrial hygiene, and occupational health; and
investigates insects and other pests affecting the health, comfort, and efficiency of
c. Community Health Nursing Section. The Community Health Nursing
Section conducts a comprehensive family centered health program for active duty and
retired military personnel and their dependents, emphasizing health promotion and
disease prevention. This includes home care for acute and chronic care cases, health
and disease screening activities, and participation in community surveys.
d. Occupational Health Section. The Occupational Health Section conducts a
comprehensive program for the promotion of health among military and civilian
employees and the elimination or reduction in occupational illness and/or injury. This
includes conducting health education programs; providing health counseling;
discovering actual or potential occupational health hazards and recommending
appropriate control measures; and conducting hearing conservation, occupational
vision, and pregnancy surveillance programs.
e. Epidemiology and Disease Control Section. The Epidemiology and
Disease Control Section collects and analyzes statistics on diseases and injuries;
investigates and collects data on communicable diseases and nosocomial infections;
provides guidance for immunization programs; and provides professional medical
guidance to the health-nursing program.
f. Medical Safety Section. The Medical Safety Section manages the
command accident prevention program; conducts investigations of accidents occurring
in health care facility operations; conducts safety inspections for the hospitals; provides
safety training; and maintains liaison with the facility engineering activity and the
installation's safety support personnel.