Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Personalized Health Plan
“You ought not to attempt to cure the eyes without the head or the head without the body, so neither ought you attempt to cure the body without the soul….for the part can never be well unless the whole is well.”
The VA and Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center are on a mission to provide Veteran patients with a more personalized health care experience that they both want and need.
It’s called a Personalized Health Plan, or PHP, and it is developed by the Veteran patient based on what is important in their life and how good health decisions can help them reach their personal goals. The Personalized Health Plan is a living document that reflects the patient’s values, priorities, health goals and challenges at every stage of life. It includes a current medical treatment plan and how the patient prefers to receive care.
It encompasses the current medical treatment plan and includes the accomplishments and challenges which the Veteran faces. Once the initial PHP is created, it is updated annually or more frequently with any significant changes in their health or life.
Using the personalized health plan process is one of the first steps in a radical shift in the approach to care, focusing on the whole person and not just their disease or condition.
Health and You as a Whole Person
The road to better health rests within you. The first step is to know what you want from your health and why. Knowing your health goals may not be a simple task; yet it is an important step toward reaching your full potential. Living life fully and optimizing health and well-being goes beyond just not being sick; it means understanding what matters to you and looking at all aspects in life that contribute to a sense of well-being. This tool will help you explore all areas of your life so your health care team can help you plan, not just for your medical needs, but for your “life” needs.
The Components of Proactive Health and Well-Being
The Components of the Proactive Health and Well-Being diagram is a picture to help you think about your whole health. All of the areas in the circle are important and connected. Improving one area can benefit other areas in your life and influence your overall physical, emotional, and mental health and well-being. The human body and mind have tremendous capacity to heal, and these innate healing abilities are strengthened or weakened by many factors that we can influence. The inner circle represents you, your values and what really matters to you. The next circle is your self-care, the circumstances and choices you make in your day-to-day life. The professional care ring represents professional care you receive, such as examinations, tests, medications, surgery, and counseling and complementary approaches such as acupuncture and mind-body therapies. The outer ring represents your community and the people and groups to whom you are connected.