Contact Information

Consortium for Health and Military Performance

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Patricia Deuster, PhD, MPH
CHAMP Director
Phone: (301) 295-3020

Dr. Francis G. O'Connor, COL, MC, USA
CHAMP Associate Director
Phone: (301) 295-0220

Jeff Leggit, COL, MC, USA
CHAMP Medical Director
Assistant Professor
Phone: (301) 295-9466

Concept of Operation

National Capital Area Medical Consortium, consisting of DoD and Health Affairs Policy makers, Military treatment facilities, Commanders, Medics and Warfighters, Education, Basic, Clinical and Translational Research, Clinical and Consultive Care, and USU's CHAMP,  School of Medicine and Graduate School of Nursing

CHAMP is a premier program for investigating issues relating to optimal operational performance. It is helping to identify and integrate a research agenda for addressing barriers to optimal performance, test approaches for safely enhancing performance of mission essential functions in operational settings, and develop an education and training agenda for transferring this knowledge to medical and operational communities. CHAMP, which involves both the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Nursing at USU, conducts investigational research at multiple training sites and medical treatment facilities, and serves as a clearinghouse and e-consult service for human performance information within the Department of Defense. The overall objectives of CHAMP are to support other Department of Defense activities on human performance, optimize the health and fitness of our forces, and provide new information to augment Force Health Enhancement goals and policies.

Overall Goals

  • Lead in developing research, clinical services, and educational agendas for HPO in DoD.
  • Conduct, translate, and transfer research results into tools and educational materials for medical and operational communities, as well as commanders and warfighters.
  • Develop a central clearinghouse for collecting and disseminating data on human performance in military settings around the world.
  • Provide recommendations to DoD for HPO policy.

Organization and Function

HPO Product, CHAMP Organizational Center, CHAMP Faculty SOM and GSN, DoD Asssets MRMC, AFMCC, CHPPM, USARIEM, NMRC, NHRC, AFRL

CHAMP is a joint program at the USU. All HPO products emerge from a coordinated effort as a result of integration of University, NCA and DoD medical assets. CHAMP's organizational center resides within the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine and is led by a medical and scientific director. Faculty among all departments in both the SOM and GSN are invited to participate in regular meetings where issues related to ongoing and prospective efforts (educational, research, and consultative) are discussed. Regular communication is provided and information is disseminated to all consortium members. A consortium website describes membership, structure, goals, objectives, strategies and ongoing activities.

A data management and coordination center will be developed. Each participating department provides selected resources and resources are shared. An External Review Board will be appointed to review the various research projects and objectives and a Military Advisory Board will oversee the education agenda and scope of CHAMP.