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About Building Healthy Military Communities

Overview of BHMC

The BHMC pilot is a multi-year initiative that aims to better understand unique challenges faced by geographically dispersed service members and their families that may impact their readiness, resiliency and well-being.

The Department of Defense is committed to supporting the health and well-being of service members and their families. Many service members live off of installations, creating a unique set of challenges in accessing resources. The DoD launched the BHMC pilot in response to Senate Report 114-63, which calls for a pilot that addresses the "enhancement of recruitment, retention, readiness and resilience" of the total force.

The DoD strives to better understand resource challenges and develop a comprehensive strategy to support the Chairman's objective of Total Force Fitness, which is the DoD's framework for improving health, readiness and resiliency of its population through eight domains of fitness (physical, environmental, medical/dental, nutritional, spiritual, psychological, behavioral and social). The BHMC pilot will inform the TFF Capabilities Based Assessment in evaluating and supporting current programs and services addressing TFF domain areas, identifying any capability gaps, and how the DoD can help close the gaps.

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Total Force Fitness

Total Force Fitness is a methodology for understanding, assessing and maintaining service members' well-being and sustaining their ability to carry out missions.

TFF is the DoD’s 21st century paradigm for improving population health, and includes eight domains of fitness.

The pilot states

Seven states were selected for the BHMC pilot: Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The selected states met the pre-determined site selection criteria, including strong leadership commitment and representation of multiple services from both the Active Component and the Reserve Component. The sites also vary in terms of demographic data and geographic location.

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