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DC COA Officers: A Call for Volunteers! Be part of an iconic “Invisible Corps” screening event!

The PBS documentary, “Invisible Corps” about the US Public Health Service is about to get more “visibility” in the very near future! DC COA is sending out this call for local volunteer officers to support an upcoming screening, followed by a panel discussion, in Washington DC on Thursday, October 19, 2023. The theme for this documentary showing is centered on climate crisis and health disparities, and how we, in the USPHS Commissioned Corps, are well-positioned to address this existential threat.

We are in need of 10 officers to volunteer for the afternoon, from approximately 11 am - 3 pm, at Department of Interior, Main Interior Building, Udall Auditorium. Officers will assist with logistics of the event to check in flag officers and panelists, serve as ushers onsite, and educate guests in attendance about USPHS & our roles in public health. Volunteers will be recognized with a coin and a letter of appreciation.

When: October 19, 2023 from 1:00-3:00pm for screening and panel. Volunteers arrive earlier, approximately 11 am. More information forthcoming.

Where: US Department of Interior, Main Interior Building, Udall Auditorium 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC (distance from Farragut West metro (.7 miles), Foggy Bottom metro (.9 miles), Metro Center metro (1.5 miles)

Why: The purpose of this event is to show the Invisible Corps film to demonstrate the value, capacity, and impact that the USPHS Commissioned Corps has had in addressing major public health crises throughout history. The panel discussion to follow will therefore address the critical role the USPHS Commissioned Corps has in addressing one of the greatest threats facing our nation today - the climate crisis and related health inequities.

What: Discussion topics:

  1. Why is the climate crisis and related health inequity an existential threat?

  2. Why is the USPHS well positioned to be at the forefront of addressing this problem?

  3. What can/should the USPHS and all public health practitioners do to address the problem? 

How: To volunteer please contact CDR Vandna Kishore ( by September 5, 2023.

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