Whole Health/Integrative Health in the VHA

For the past year, I have had the privilege to direct the Integrative Health Coordinating Center (IHCC) at the Veteran’s Health Administration. The IHCC is a small office within the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, led by Dr. Tracy Gaudet. Our work is to help develop clinical policies, educational initiatives, and research strategies to support the wider dissemination of complementary and integrative health approaches at the VHA, within the context of the Whole Health approach to care which VHA is adopting as a staple of its philosophy. Whole Health is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being, and live their life to the fullest.

Although our work at the VHA Central Office is certainly an important piece of this puzzle of providing the best possible care to our veterans, the most important work is being done in the field by our dedicated innovative clinical staff at the VHA and by their equally dedicated, courageous veteran patients. I asked three of our “clinical champions” to each share a story of a veteran who has benefited from the Whole Health/Integrative Health program at their facility.

Authors

Benjamin Kligler, Ann Cotter, Henri Roca, Michael Saenger

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