Written by Cmdr. Shane Steiner, Chief of Preventive Medicine
The new Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) is now in effect (as of March 1, 2018). Due to the many changes, we’ve decided to describe them in greater detail.
The birth month requirement is going away (you just need to get a PHA every 12 months now), but if you’re new to the Coast Guard, your first PHA is due within 12 months of finishing initial entry training.
Your PHA will always start the same way: by logging in to the PHA website (available on your Coast Guard workstation.) If you need assistance, a PHA job aid is available on the Portal (Coast Guard workstation required for access).
To complete your part of the PHA, click on “Start New Assessment” and then “My PHA”. Answer all the questions, then electronically sign to finish your questionnaire. Once you’re done, if you get your PHA from a Coast Guard or Department of Defense (DoD) clinic, call the clinic so you can get an appointment to have your PHA reviewed. If you get your PHA through the Reserve Health Readiness Program (RHRP), contact the Health Services Technician (HS) assigned to your unit, and he or she will pass on your PHA to RHRP and will request any other medical readiness services you need. If you don’t know which HS is assigned to your unit, contact the Health, Safety, and Work-Life PHA Coordinator, Chief Petty Officer Athan Anderson.
Your HS will notify you once your medical record review is complete. RHRP will contact you within one business day to begin the appointment scheduling process.
All military personnel are now also required to complete a Mental Health Assessment (MHA) at least once a year. The MHA is included in the new PHA, but if you got the old PHA between Oct. 1, 2017 and March 1, 2018, you’ll need a stand-alone MHA. First, log in and complete the online MHA (available on your Coast Guard workstation) by selecting the “Report a New Standalone DMHA” option. After you have completed your assessment, if you got the old PHA at a Coast Guard or DoD clinic, contact that clinic to schedule an MHA review before Sept. 30, 2018.
If you completed the old PHA through RHRP, contact RHRP to request an MHA review before September 30.