Integrated Prevention Advisory Group (IPAG)
What is the IPAG?
The objective of the Army’s new Integrated Prevention Advisory Group (IPAG) Prevention Workforce is to build the integrated prevention system, which includes prevention planning, implementation, and evaluation. The IPAG supports leader-led efforts to improve policies, programs, and practices to increase protective factors, build positive peer environments, and prevent harmful behaviors. The IPAG works with commanders and leaders to implement integrated measures that enable Soldiers, Civilians, and their Family members to remain safe and focused on the mission.
Who is the Prevention Workforce?
The IPAG staff are selected based on specialized training and expertise in public health surveillance, social sciences, strategic planning and data analytics. These specialized skills help them to implement a holistic approach to integrated prevention and assist them in evaluating the desired outcomes. More than 1,200 roles will be created across all Army components (Active Duty, Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve) as part of the implementation plan. The IPAG collaborates with installation and community prevention programs to review and analyze the data that will enable them to advise leaders the the best evidence-based actions to pursue to increase protective factors and reduce factors that contribute the the occurrence of harmful behaviors.
What are the next steps?
During fiscal year 2022, the Army implemented IPAGs at five installations: Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and Camp Humphreys, South Korea. The Army will continue to expand the program through a phased approach and is expected to reach full operational capacity by fiscal year 2027.