Deployment Health Assessment Program
The Deployment Health Assessment Program serves as a gateway to care, services, and programs for Soldiers and DA Civilians in the deployment cycle. Effective implementation of DHAP by commanders ensures all deploying personnel complete the Deployment Health Assessments (DHAs) within directed timelines to identify emerging health concerns, refer individuals for care, and maximize individual resilience, medical readiness, and the operational readiness of the Total Army.
Why DHAP Matters
Our life, Family, career, and future are influenced by our health. By actively participating in DHAP you can take control of your health by making your well-being your top priority, preparing you for life on and off the battlefield. Information obtained through the assessments allows Soldiers to:
- Have Enhanced Resilience, Medical Readiness, and Access to Care: Staying healthy can help you function better as a Soldier. Receiving medical care before deploying and during your deployment could include receiving prescription refills, having access to birth control or menstrual suppression, or preventative dental care.
- Obtain Early Identification of Personal Health Issues: If you were exposed to environmental hazards during deployment, DHAs can be used as documentation of the exposure and enable you to get care.
- Receive Appropriate Care Before Health Issues Progress: Were you injured during deployment or not feeling like yourself after you return from deployment? DHAP allows you to receive care for conditions from combat-related injuries to mental health concerns such as PTSD, anxiety, or depression.
Leaders: Leaders at all levels play a key part in the overall unit operational readiness, health and resilience. Commanders have a responsibility to their Soldiers to help them stay healthy and fit for duty. It's also your responsibility to foster a culture of care by empowering and encouraging Soldiers to advocate for their health.