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New PHS Officer's Guide Available for Purchase

08/26/2014 - Buy your copy of the new and improved PHS Officer's Guide, a must-have for every officer in the PHS Commissioned Corps. Authors CAPT Jim Knoben (Ret.) and CAPT Alice Knoben added a chapter on leadership principles and updated all other content. RADM Boris Lushniak wrote, "The Public Health Service Officer's Guide is an excellent reference (that) provides an opportunity for officers to enhance their knowledge base."

Chapters in the book include: Uniformed Service Essentials, Leadership Principles, Courtesy & Protocol, Ceremony Protocol, Special Duty Positions, Communications, Meetings, Table Protocol, and much more. The appendices include planning for various ceremonies, Dining-Out, formal receptions, and distinguished visitors.

COA members can buy copies for $15 each. Below is an order form.

Order Form for PHS Officer's Guide (pdf, 628 KB)

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BCOAG Will Be Returning to New Orleans Again in 2014

07/03/2014 - For the past seven years, BCOAG has made a commitment to serve the people of New Orleans, Louisiana one week annually through outreach missions trips. BCOAG is continuing its tradition and is planning its 2014 NOLA mission.

Click the link below to view the announcement.

BCOAG - NOLA (pdf, 841 KB)





Development of COA Strategic Plan

08/01/2014 - The COA Board of Directors is launching a new Strategic Planning process.  Our goal is to release the 2015-2019 COA Strategic Plan in early 2015.  Updating the Strategic Plan provides us a great opportunity to think about where we want COA to focus its attention over the next five years.  The plan will also provide a way to track our progress toward achieving our goals.

Our first step is to get your input.  Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the following survey in Survey Monkey.

Please complete the survey by August 31.

CAPT Sara Newman

Chair, COA Board of Directors

COA Strategic Plan Survey

Updates to USPHS Uniform Policy and Service Khakis Refresher

07/02/2014 - The presentation linked below is one of the best, most comprehensive sources of information and guidance regarding uniform requirements in the Corps. It is also up to date. Thanks to LCDRs Scott Steffen and James Lyons for creating the updates and allowing us to post them online.

USPHS Uniform Policy, as of 25 June 2014 (pdf, 3.5 MB)

COA Expands Partnership with the George Washington University

03/04/2014 - Thanks to a partnership with the prestigious George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, COA members are eligible to receive a $7,500 scholarship to attend one of GW's renowned online master's degree programs:

MPH@GW - A Master of Public Health that develops leaders who impact the health of communities worldwide. Learn more.

MHA@GW - An Executive Master of Health Administration for professionals with three or more years of experience in the health care or health services industry who are seeking leadership roles in their organization. Request more information.

Both of these online programs blend top-level curricula, face-to-face interactions and real-world experiences to help you advance your career without putting it on hold.

MPH@GW - Master of Public Health Online

12/02/2013 - The MPH@GW is a completely online Master of Public Health degree offered by the George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services. It offers flexibility for PHS officers whose schedules may not allow for attending an in-person MPH program. An MPH may be the boost needed for competitive promotions. COA members who sign up will receive a $7500 scholarship.

Click here for details about the MPH@GW program.









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