The Office of Health Affairs Workforce Health and Medical Support Division:
- Ensures medical first responder coordination by providing operational medical support to mission essential personnel
- Enhances Department of Homeland Security occupational health by developing strategy, policy, requirements and metrics for the medical aspects of a Department-wide occupational health and safety program
- Ensures medical quality assurance by supporting the “One DHS” concept
The Workforce Health and Medical Support Division comprises three branches:
- Medical First Responder Coordination
- Medical Quality Assurance
- Occupational Health
The Medical First Responder Coordination Branch coordinates the Department’s role in improving medical first responder readiness for catastrophic incidents and serves as the principal representative to the medical first responder community, including emergency medical services (EMS). The Branch works to identify first responder best practices; provides guidance and support for the implementation of those practices; and addresses gaps in first responder disaster planning, resources, and education.
Medical Quality Assurance Branch supports the “One DHS” concept and ensures Department-wide medical quality assurance by providing medical advice and developing cross-Department EMS protocols, credentialing and quality assurance standards, and promoting the overall wellness of the Department of Homeland Security workforce.
Occupational Health Branch develops strategy, policy, requirements and metrics for the medical aspects of a Department-wide occupational health and safety program, in partnership with the Office of the Under Secretary for Management. The Branch provides health and medical consultation resources to Department components on a 24/7 basis, which ensures regulatory compliance and consistency with industry best practices in support of various component missions with regard to medical, health and safety considerations. The Branch also assists the Department’s Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer in developing physical evaluation programs (pre-placement, fitness-for-duty, return-to-work, etc.) and performing post-incident analyses.
The Workforce Health and Medical Support Division is led by a Director, Kathy Brinsfield, M.D., M.P.H.