In 2014, the Defense Health Agency and Prevention Partners launched Ambassadors for Health, an initiative under Operation Live Well aimed at improving the health and readiness of personnel at U.S. military hospitals. The partnership gave the Defense Health Agency metrics for understanding areas of success, challenges and opportunities for evidence-based health and wellness for employees across the armed services.
The initiative engaged seven hospitals in seven states and concluded with one hospital receiving the Prevention Partners Gold Star recognition: The Naval Hospital of Jacksonville Florida. The Gold Star recognition highlights excellence in providing a tobacco-free environment for employees and visitors. Efforts and significant changes were recorded in other assessment areas including tobacco, physical activity, and nutrition.