Peer Facilitator Materials - Whole Health
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Peer Facilitator Materials

Peer-facilitators are a key component of the Whole Health approach. Veterans engage with these trained peer facilitators as they learn about the benefits of Whole Health and Personal Health Planning. Watch this short film (approx. 18 minutes) to follow a Veteran on his unique journey through the Whole Health System.

Whole Health course facilitators should be Veterans, preferably with experience in Whole Health concepts.

  • There are currently two Whole Health courses designed to be peer-led that are offered to Veterans. The Introduction to Whole Health is a 2-hour educational and experiential session based on a specific curriculum that exposes participants to the foundational concepts of Whole Health, allows time for self-care and self-exploration, and for completion of a Personal Health Inventory (PHI).
  • Participants in the Introduction to Whole Health session are encouraged to join the Taking Charge of My Life and Health course which is a longer-term group program where Veterans can delve deeper into self-exploration of areas in their lives they wish to enhance and to create SMART goals with action steps that will help them attain these goals.

Resources for Teaching a Course

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The Pathway To Whole Health

In a partnership with peers and care teams, Veterans begin developing their personal health plans based on what matters most to them.

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What Veterans Value: An Introduction to Health for Life

Thomas Sells came to VA with a mission to live pain-free. Watch as he recounts how his care team gave him the Whole Health training and support he needed to succeed.

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Whole Health: Overview

Learn more about Whole Health, and the Circle of Health in this video.

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Whole Health: Mindful Awareness

Mindful Awareness is a key ingredient to the Circle of Health and Well-being. Learn more about this important characteristic here.

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Whole Health: Moving the Body

In a partnership with peers and care teams, Veterans begin developing their personal health plans based on what matters most to them.

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Whole Health: Surroundings

Your physical and social surroundings have an influence on your overall health and well-being, learn more in this brief video.

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Whole Health: Personal Development

Personal Development has a wide range of examples and is unique to each person, learn more about this component in this video.

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Whole Health: Food and Drink

Food and drink fuel the body and mind. The fuels you consument have a big influence on your overall health and well-being.

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Whole Health: Recharge

Resting and recharging is as important as living an engaged and active lifestyle. Learn more about recharge and it's important value, in this video.

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Whole Health: Family, Friends, and Co-workers

Family, friends, and co-workers are important support systems as well as represent a part of our social surroundings.

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Whole Health: Spirit and Soul

The Spirit and Soul component is not neccessarily the practice or observance of a religious belief system. However, this component supports deep reflection of who we are and our place in the community and beyond.

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Whole Health: Power of the Mind

Power of the Mind is a very important attribute to our overal health and well-being. This component is woven into many of the other components. Watch this brief video to learn more.

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Whole Health: Signs of Suffering

This video examines the 5 signs of sufferings.

Whole Health - It's All About You
This report includes Veteran, leadership, provider and staff stories about the impact Whole Health is having on the health and well-being of Veterans.

A Look Inside Whole Health
See how the Whole Health System is moving VA from a focus on episodic care to more continuous engagement with the Veteran throughout his or her life.

Living Whole Health
Learn how VA is partnering with community and Veterans groups, nationally and locally, to raise awareness of Whole Health.

Adopting Whole Health
See how Veterans are partnering with VA providers on the Whole Health journey and taking, control of their care.