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Whole Person Integrated Care
Last week, Partners introduced a whole new approach to caring for ourselves and our communities. At the latest Partners Health Summit on Friday, March 31, over 400 participants from health care providers, community organizations, and the public learned about the new Whole Person Integrated Care (WPIC) Model—a revolutionary way of combining physical, behavioral, and public health in North Carolina. Partners Behavioral Health Management and the Charlotte Area Health Education Center hosted the event at the Hickory Metro Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Whole Person Integrated Care model expands integrated care beyond the health care. It includes the social determinants of health, or the conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play.
By tackling all the conditions impacting an individual’s overall health, we can improve an entire community’s health, reduce health disparities, advance health equity, and optimize public and private resources.
“We need to look at the person first, not the diagnosis,” John Weeks, Certified Peer Support Specialist at A Caring Alternative, told the audience during his presentation. “Go out and meet them first…before you look at any paperwork or symptoms.”
Partners has begun implementing the Whole Person Integrated Care Model at its Integrated Care Centers, beginning with Burke Integrated Health in Morganton, NC.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to share with you our innovations in whole person care and visions for strengthening community health,” suggests Paul Caldwell, Chief Community Operations Officer for Partners Behavioral Health Management. “We are very excited to have Partners and the providers in our Integrated Care Centers lead the charge to improve lives through their collaborative efforts.”
This free, educational summit featured nine presentations focusing on explaining and evaluating the model, exploring the four causes of poor health, what it takes to build inclusive and resilient communities, and how to strengthen families and the social-emotional health of children.
To learn more about this event and Whole Person Integrated Care, visit http://partnerstraining.com/whole-person-integrated-care/ and www.PartnersWPIC.org.