VA Patient Centered Care
Look at the Big Picture
The whole health approach starts with you thinking about your health in a new way. Envision what matters most to you in your life. What brings you joy and happiness? Is it traveling, playing with your children or grandchildren, or just feeling at peace in your body? Reflect on the factors in your life that impact your well-being.
Think about the basic things that can influence your health. Are you are getting enough sleep at night? Are you eating well? Are you getting enough fresh air and sunshine?
The Components of Proactive Health and Well-Being below illustrates the connections between your health and the different areas of your life. This demonstrates how improving one part of your life can benefit other aspects of your health.
We know it takes courage and strength to partner with your health team and to share your struggles and goals. But the payoff is having greater control over your health and striving for what matters to you, not what others think is important to you.
As you work with your team to build your personal health plan, you will consider the things you can do to impact your health and identify one or two components you are willing to focus on to achieve your personal goals.
“People can tell you different things over the years, and you hear, ‘Yes, you need to get more sleep. Yes, you need to eat better,’ says Tammy, a Navy Veteran. “But when [your doctor] gives it to you in the circle and you can actually look at it and connect things, you can see how just tweaking one little thing can affect something else.... It can generate a big difference.”
Make notes about areas of your health you would like to work on and bring this to your next appointment with your health team to discuss and review the Components of Proactive Health and Well-Being to begin to develop your personal health plan.
- Interactive version of the Components of Proactive Health and Well-being
- Interactive Patient Care: Bringing Whole Health Care to Life