Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System
Fay VA’s Whole Health program gets turboboost
Twenty-one Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System employees and volunteers representing seven sites of care were joined by 17 VA participants hailing from as far and wide as California, Texas, Florida, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
The focus of the three-day Whole Health Facilitator Training is on effective group facilitation skills and exposure to the 9-week TCMLH curriculum through actual practice with feedback
TCMLH 9-week group is a life changing and life-saving program for assisting Veterans to:
- Explore their life mission, aspirations, and purpose
- Learning the practice of mindfulness to reduce stress and PTSD
- Learn and Practice Goal setting, skill-building, and
- Create plans for self-management of their health and health care, with the support of a group of their peers.
- Support the Veterans through the change process
One peer facilitator, Okpahrah Fennerson, said attending a TCMLH course fundamentally changed and saved his life. “I took this course. It changed my life. New Chapter, Page 1,“ said the retired Marine who quipped “God turned a roughneck into a Leatherneck.”
“Previously our Enterprise had only four peer supports qualified to offer this course. Now we are increasing this 500%,” said Occupational Health and Wellness Family Nurse Practitioner Christine Anne, facility Whole Health Education Champion. “Now Our Veterans from Wilmington, to Jacksonville, to Sanford, to Goldsboro to Fayetteville will have access to engage in this powerful life-shifting course.”
Peer Facilitators are an essential part of the Whole Health transformation of VA health care. Trainers and staff from the C&VHA Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation program office (OPCCT), assisted by Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation contractors, conducted the training for the group-based program that allows Veteran participants to become more proactive in their own health.
OPCC&CT team praised the course and the Fayetteville Coastal HCS team.
“I just wanted to reach out to thank you all for hosting a very successful TCMLH Course - it was a huge success thanks to all involved,” said OPCC&CT, Whole Health/Field Implementation Team Consultant Joy Fealy-Kalar. “I love coming to Fayetteville because of the love and dedication that is demonstrated every single day by the employees!”
The VA currently has more than 1,675 Whole Health Peer Facilitators nationwide, bringing this innovative approach to care to their fellow Veterans. To learn more about Whole Health and Whole Health Peer-Facilitator training, visit https://www.va.gov/WHOLEHEALTH/veteran-resources/Peer-Facilitator-Materials.asp.