VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
Whole Health Links
What is Whole Health? Introduction to Whole Health Our Partners Our Coaches Our Recreational Assistants Our Programs
Whole Health National Page
In Omaha call 402-599-2130, Lincoln 402-486-7822 or
Grand Island 308-395-3405 for more information
Whole Health starts with a simple question: What matters most to you? That’s the first step in a new model of whole health care, designed to help Veterans achieve and maintain their best all-around health and well-being.
What is Whole Health?
Whole Health is an approach to health care that empowers YOU to take charge of your health and well-being and live your life to the fullest. Whole Health starts with YOU. It is fueled by the power of knowing yourself and what will really work for you in your life. Only you have these insights and this knowledge.
Whole Health recognizes you as a whole person. Whole Health goes beyond your illnesses, injuries, or disabilities. It focuses on health and well-being and includes self-care and complementary therapies (such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga), along with your medical team. In Whole Health care, you are an active partner with your health care team.
How is Whole Health different?
Health care usually focuses on preventive care, lowering risk, and illness and disease. Are your cancer screenings and flu shots up to date? Do you feel sick or are you injured? Do you smoke or is your weight healthy? What medications are you on and how are your test results? These are all still important. But Whole Health is more than that. It focuses on what is important to you in your life and how you want to live your life. It includes selfcare and things you can do to increase healing and improve your health and well-being. You and your health care team work together to help you do what you want to do. Together, you discuss what you are doing well and what type of support from others may help you be healthy.
Whole Health System
The Whole Health System includes conventional treatment, but also focuses on self-empowerment, self-healing, and self-care.
The Whole Health System moves VA forward from focusing on episodic care to a more continuous engagement with the Veteran throughout his/her life.
The Whole Health System model is the current vision for complementary and integrative health (CIH) integration in VA and includes three central components:
1) The Pathway
2) Well-Being Programs
3) Clinical Care
The Pathway Is EMPOWERING: We partner with you, as well as your family and community, to explore the missions, purposes, and aspirations that will guide the development of your personal health plan.
Well-Being Programs Are EQUIPPING: We work with you to build the skills and support you need and identify proactive, integrative health approaches such as stress reduction, yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, nutrition, acupuncture, and health coaching that will help you take charge of your health and well-being and live your life to the fullest.
Whole Health Clinical Care Is TREATING: Along with your health care team, you will complete your personal health planning and find complementary and integrative health approaches.
Omaha Center Mall, 5th Floor, Suite 509
1941 S 42nd St, Omaha, NE 68105
Lincoln 402-486-7822, Grand Island 308-395-3405
Hours of Operation
- 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.