The President of the Health Initiative for African Safety and Stability (HIFASS), Dr. Roland Oritsejafor, extended a most gracious welcome to the COF team conducting an assessment of the organization under a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. HIFASS is a new organization focused on public health and diplomacy on the African continent. COF was invited to assist in HIFASS' development by consulting on the support required by HIFASS to reach its full potential in terms of organizational structure, human resources and financial management, as well as techniques of public health advocacy.
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Six students won funding through the 2013 PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation’s Dependent Scholarship program. Eligible applicants were spouses, children and grandchildren of active duty or retired members of the COF affiliate, the Commissioned Officers Association.
Twelve students, mostly sons and daughters of PHS officers, applied for funding. The Selection Committee, composed of active duty and retired officers, scored each application. The reviewers chose the student with the highest score as this year’s winner of the Ronald Lessing Memorial Scholarship, which comes with a cash prize of $1,000. The award is named in honor of Ronald Lessing, the brother of CAPT Melvin Lessing, USPHS (Ret.).Read more...