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The Black Commissioned Officers Advisory Group (BCOAG) provides advice and consultation to the Surgeon General (SG) on issues of interest and concerns of Black officers in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and on issues relating to the professional practice and personnel activities of civil service (CS) and other Commissioned Corps (CC) personnel. BCOAG supports the Office of the Surgeon General’s initiatives and establishes and supports programs to serve minority and local communities to assist in reducing health disparities.
Meet the Chair:
Hello BCOAG! I am honored to be serving as Chair for 2019 and look forward to working witha group of amazing Executive Committee and Voting Members, as well as our diverse, knowledgeable, and committed members. We have accomplished so much in the past twenty-eight years, and I look forward to continuing our successful events and initiatives and creating new impactful ones in our 29th year as one of the minority advisory groups to the Office of the Surgeon General.
As Chair, my plan is focused around Growth, Projects, and Suitability (GPS). A GPS helps people identify where they are, see where they are going, and lays out a strategic plan on how to reach their destination efficiently. For Growth, I will focus on increasing BCOAG membership through officer engagement, especially those in the field. Having served at least four years with Indian Health Service in the Navajo Area, the support of BCOAG and its members were very instrumental in my newly commissioned years as an officer. BCOAG is, and continues to be, a place where I can learn and grow in a safe environment. I want to make sure all officers can have that same experience and obtain the support needed, especially in areas with limited officers. It is also important to continually stay connected to retired officers as they possess the history of the chartered group and can share a wealth of wisdom. We want to hear from you to see how we can best keep you engaged! Additionally, for growth, it is important that we continue to collaborate with other chartered groups and stakeholders.
When considering Projects, I have new ideas/plans that will bolster the unity of the Voting Membership and advisory group. One plan to increase engagement, foster unity, and improve visibility is to have a ‘Member of the Month’. We will highlight BCOAG officers across the country during our monthly general body meetings for work they are doing with BCOAG and/or for their duty station/agency. Also, we hope to have more special presentations specific to our community’s health or service as an officer. Some additional projects include the BCOAG Yearbook and Suicide Prevention Initiative to name a few. However, to be successful with these new ideas we will need involvement from everyone, so I encourage you to find a committee to join or initiative and be active in early on.
Lastly, there is Suitability. My focus is to ensure all voting members have the tools necessary to be successful in their respective roles. It is just as important that the general membership has the information and resources needed to remain suitable as an officer, and are not only able to advance in rank, but also transition into a leadership role in BCOAG.
With you, we can take BCOAG to higher limits with a few new innovative ideas and through solidifying current practices. The ultimate goal is to show the impact of what we do and be a reliable voice to the Office of the Surgeon General. I am excited about this opportunity to lead an outstanding group of officers and to guide BCOAG to the next level.
LCDR Gayle Tuckett
2019 BCOAG Chair
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:20:00 EST
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