Whole Health Program
The new Whole Health Program at the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS) is supported by a grant from the VA Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. The overall mission of the Whole Health program is to transform the care paradigm from a “find it fix it” biomedical approach to a patient-centered approach that fosters self-management. Whole Health coaches help patients identify what matters most, as well as their short- and long-term goals. Using these insights, coaches help patients articulate a personalized health care plan that guides care and supports self-management activities. Coaches then work with patients over time to achieve their health goals in collaboration with their health care team. In addition, in response to new national VA directives, SFVAHCS is expanding Whole Health complimentary and integrative health services for veterans, including evidence-based modalities such as yoga and tai chi, acupuncture, massage and mindfulness. As the Whole Health program is implemented, a companion Quality Improvement project funded by VA Health Services Research and Development is tracking clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.