Pacific region health care partnership continues through SME exchange

| October 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
Regional Health Command-Pacific (RHC-P) leadership hosted a Chinese delegation in support of continuing health care focused subject matter expert exchanges in direct support of U.S. Army Pacific and U.S. Pacific Command global health engagement efforts. Members of the Chinese delegation attend a briefing with RHC-P leadership to learn about RHC-P's health capabilities, support of the beneficiary population and global health engagements. (Photo by Emily Yeh, Regional Health Command-Pacific Public Affairs)

Regional Health Command-Pacific (RHC-P) leadership hosted a Chinese delegation in support of continuing health care focused subject matter expert exchanges in direct support of U.S. Army Pacific and U.S. Pacific Command global health engagement efforts. Members of the Chinese delegation attend a briefing with RHC-P leadership to learn about RHC-P’s health capabilities, support of the beneficiary population and global health engagements. (Photo by Emily Yeh, Regional Health Command-Pacific Public Affairs)

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Emily Yeh
Regional Health Command-Pacific Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Regional Health Command-Pacific, known as RHC-P, recently hosted a delegation of eight Chinese military medical personal at region headquarters in Honolulu.

RHC-P leadership and the Chinese delegates met as part of continuing health care focused on subject matter expert exchanges in direct support of U.S. Army-Pacific and U.S. Pacific Command global health engagement efforts.

Col. Scott Avery, chief of staff, RHC-P, welcomed the Chinese delegation, led by Commodore Sun Yeqin, Directorate of Medical Services, Logistics Support Department, Chinese Central Military Commission and Maj. Gen. Yang Minghui, professor, People’s Liberation Army General Hospital.

The visit by the Chinese delegation to RHC-P and Tripler Army Medical Center, RHC-P’s largest military treatment facility in Hawaii, builds upon and continues SME exchanges between the two nations through dialogue on medical acupuncture.

Regional Health Command-Pacific (RHC-P) leadership hosted a Chinese delegation in support of continuing health care focused subject matter expert exchanges in direct support of U.S. Army Pacific and U.S. Pacific Command global health engagement efforts. Lt. Col. William Chu, international health specialist, global health engagements, HQ Pacific Airforce, discusses medical acupuncture with Commodore Sun Yeqin, Directorate of Medical Services, Logistics Support Department, Chinese Central Military Commission during a subject matter expert exchange at Regional Health Command-Pacific. (Photo by Emily Yeh, Regional Health Command-Pacific Public Affairs)

Regional Health Command-Pacific (RHC-P) leadership hosted a Chinese delegation in support of continuing health care focused subject matter expert exchanges in direct support of U.S. Army Pacific and U.S. Pacific Command global health engagement efforts. Lt. Col. William Chu, international health specialist, global health engagements, HQ Pacific Airforce, discusses medical acupuncture with Commodore Sun Yeqin, Directorate of Medical Services, Logistics Support Department, Chinese Central Military Commission during a subject matter expert exchange at Regional Health Command-Pacific. (Photo by Emily Yeh, Regional Health Command-Pacific Public Affairs)

RHC-P serves as the lead for Army Medicine in the Pacific, synchronizing health operations, actions and activities across the region. Activities such as SME exchanges break ground for new partnerships or reinforce ongoing partnerships through engagements, such as the one with the Chinese.

“Developing our relationship through continued collaboration during multilateral events, such as subject matter expert exchanges, is a good foundation,” stated Lt. Col. Derek Licina, chief, Global Health Engagements, RHC-P. “The knowledge exchanged during these events not only contributes to our shared understanding, but provides further opportunity for us to increase our own capacity in support of regional stability and global health security.”

Through the recent expert exchange on acupuncture with the Chinese, each nation increased their understanding of other unique approaches to health based on culture and science.

The Chinese delegation gained a deeper understanding of how RHC-P’s military treatment facilities uses western and eastern medicine, while RHC-P gained insight into how traditional Chinese medicine can potentially assist with the management of patients with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and in response to disaster situations.

TAMC hosted the Chinese delegation for a tour as part of the SME exchange. The Chinese received a unique opportunity to engage face-to-face with providers in the pain management clinic. Providers demonstrated the capabilities of the pain management clinic, including acupuncture, opening doors to potential future collaborations in the medical arena.

Col. Scott Avery, chief of staff, Regional Health Command-Pacific (RHC-P), presents Commodore Sun Yeqin, Directorate of Medical Services, Logistics Support Department, Chinese Central Military Commission with a fish hook after the Chinese delegation visited RHC-P for a health care focused subject matter expert exchange. Leaders from RHC-P and the Chinese delegates met as part of continuing health care focused subject matter expert exchanges in direct support of U.S. Army Pacific and U.S. Pacific Command global health engagement efforts. (Photo by Emily Yeh, Regional Health Command-Pacific Public Affairs)

Col. Scott Avery, chief of staff, Regional Health Command-Pacific (RHC-P), presents Commodore Sun Yeqin, Directorate of Medical Services, Logistics Support Department, Chinese Central Military Commission with a fish hook after the Chinese delegation visited RHC-P for a health care focused subject matter expert exchange. Leaders from RHC-P and the Chinese delegates met as part of continuing health care focused subject matter expert exchanges in direct support of U.S. Army Pacific and U.S. Pacific Command global health engagement efforts. (Photo by Emily Yeh, Regional Health Command-Pacific Public Affairs)

“Through these combined efforts, both nations contribute to regional security and stability by improving bilateral and multilateral relationships, enhancing health care and public health systems, and mitigating the destabilizing impact of infectious disease outbreaks and natural disasters,” stated Licina.

SME exchanges, conferences and disaster-relief training with China are not new to the Pacific region and RHC-P. In the past, both nations have collaborated at events, conferences and disaster management exchanges. There are plans for future collaborations as well.

The joint U.S. military and Chinese military medicine departments will co-host the 2018 Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange conference.

With China’s deeper understanding of RHC-P’s health capabilities, support of the beneficiary population and global health engagements, the Chinese are poised to increase engagement efforts with the support of U.S. Army Pacific and U.S. Pacific Command.

(To read about RHC-P’s past health engagements with China, see https://www.army.mil/article/1687/rhc_p_supports_pacom_strategic_objectives_during_expert_knowledge_exchange_in_china.)

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