23 MDG hosts networking event

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  • By Airman 1st Class Briana Beavers
  • 23rd Wing Public Affairs

The 23rd Medical Group hosted a Humana Network Collaboration event at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, March 17, 2023.

The event allowed community healthcare providers the opportunity to visit Moody AFB and enhance communication and collaboration with base providers while learning more about Moody’s mission.

“We wanted this event to bring understanding to the (local) providers about how critical they are to the mission,” said Troy May, 23rd Medical Group health systems Humana representative. “It will positively impact readiness if clearances are on hold, and we get urgent assistance from these providers because of connections built during a visit here.”

While readiness is a key focus of this collaboration, the medical group also hopes to share the value of partnership and the fellowship that comes with it.

“We often talk about connections and how networking is one of the most important things in the military,” said Master Sgt. Christina Dixon, 23rd Medical Group beneficiary care flight chief. “But it’s also true with the connections and networking with our community. We want to build strong bonds with our network providers so we can provide the right specialty care Airmen need so they can continue the mission.”

The visit included live demonstrations such as fast-rope rappelling with military working dogs and presentations from the 820th Base Defense Group. The demonstrations allowed providers a small first-hand glimpse into the potential hazards and injuries Airmen may face on a daily basis.

With this knowledge, healthcare providers will have a better understanding of potential limitations to medical readiness.

“We hosted about 35 providers who cover Valdosta and a 40-mile radius surrounding the base,” Dixon said. “Some of the providers are currently in the network, but some are being pursued to join the Humana Network to increase the number of medical providers open to serve the Moody AFB population.”

This newfound understanding and connection brings hope for what’s to come in military healthcare.

“This is the future of military healthcare,” Dixon said. “We will not be able to continue to service our Airmen here at Moody AFB without our network providers and their specialties.”