DoD Communities Of Interest: Human Systems
Subject: SBIR 21.4 BAA A214-052 Holistic Health and Fitness Management System
Due Date: 29 Dec 2021 Proposals Due
Government Organization: Army
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November 3, 2021: SBO issued for pre-release
December 1, 2021: Army begins accepting proposals
December 29, 2021: Deadline for receipt of proposals no later than 12:00 p.m. ET
Topic Q&A: From 4 November, 2021 to 30 November, 2021, this SBO is issued for Pre-Release with the names of the topic authors. During the pre-release period, proposing firms have an opportunity to contact topic authors through https://calendly.com/zach-harrell-aal/h2f-tpoc-calls to schedule a time to ask technical questions about specific BAA topics. Questions should be limited to specific information related to improving the understanding of a particular topic’s requirement. Proposing firms may not ask for advice or guidance on solution approach and you may not submit additional material to the topic author. If information provided during an exchange with the topic author is deemed necessary for proposal preparation, that information will be made available to all parties through the DSIP Topic Q&A module.
Once the Army begins accepting proposals on 1 December, 2021, no further direct contact between proposers and topic authors is allowed unless the Topic Author is responding to a question submitted during the pre-release period. .
Holistic Health and Fitness Management System
Implement athlete management system (AMS) in the field to further develop, demonstrate, and deliver a solution for a Soldier Readiness interface tool that collects data from all five domains of the Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) System.
DESCRIPTION: People First and Soldier Readiness are top priorities for Army senior leaders, however the technical tools used to evaluate readiness are not comprehensive, lack the ability to assist Soldiers in improving in areas of weakness, and are unable to provide leadership snapshots of the readiness level of their force. The Army uses the Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) domains to evaluate and improve readiness. The domains are physical fitness, sleep, nutrition, mental, and spiritual readiness, all of which define Soldier readiness in qualitative and quantitative metrics. Currently those metrics are disparate and are collected in a myriad of different tools, surveys, and subjective analysis from experts which are often analog in nature. Consolidating and simplifying the method in which we collect data for H2F domains in order to deliver interventions and drive performance across the force would enable leaders to methodically improve readiness over time. Ideally, the data collected would build a holistic performance picture of each Soldier over time and stay with them through various units across the Army to build upon performance throughout their career.
The emphasis placed on these readiness domains varies. Soldiers conduct physical training on a daily basis but are not logging efforts, often have non-congruent fitness programs not tailored to individual needs, and are lacking education on how to conduct exercise/movements correctly. Sleep and nutrition are not routinely monitored, with most education efforts usually occurring in mass groups or only for those deemed at performance risk. Spiritual and mental readiness are left to personnel that are in short supply (the Soldier to professional ratio is 4000:1 in the cognitive and sleep specialities, and 500:1 in the spiritual domain)), and individual assistance is reactive rather than proactive, only coming after a soldier is far down a path and requires practitioner intervention. These domains are further described in FM 7-22, Holistic Health and Fitness, (October 2020).
Soldier data across these five domains is usually logged locally on an excel sheet or written journal and only physical fitness data is collected (1 of 5 domains). Soldiers move to different units in the active component every 2-3 years and change positions frequently. During most transitions, the data described in H2F domains (aside from twice yearly physical fitness tests) is lost making it hard for Soldiers to improve above baseline performance. In addition, the lack of a cohesive system for data collection and display makes it difficult for leaders to understand the readiness level of their force and identify Soldiers who may be struggling before they fail a physical fitness test, or require practitioner intervention.
The needed solution is a scalable and convenient user interface that is functional with or without wearable technologies, collects data across all five domains, provides individualized performance plans, and is capable of interfacing with the Army’s data fabric, allowing for the creation of leader dashboards across multiple unit configurations. This will allow data-informed interventions to occur sooner, improve performance and readiness across the unit, allow for a more persistent repository of Soldier data, and provide leaders who have different roles and requirements (command structure, different H2F practitioners, and others) with the tools to understand the individual and collective readiness of Soldiers across the formation.
In this solicitation we are focused on creating the user interface that Soldiers can interact with on a daily basis. This tool will allow them to easily and quickly record their data, receive coaching, and interface with the Army’s data fabric.
Questions or assistance, contact:
North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH)
North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office | PO Box 1748, Fayetteville, NC 2B303