Workshops to Introduce Separating Military & their families to VA Whole Health Approach to Care

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The location for the May 30 “Introduction to VA Whole Health Workshop has changed from Pope Army Air Field’s Family Readiness Group Center to Fayetteville VA Medical Center’s Main Campus on Ramsey Street.

Last month, FVAMC invited area transitioning military, Veterans and VA employees interested in learning about VA Whole Health to attend one of several workshops held at several locations in the Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Jacksonville and Wilmington areas.

Workshops were held April 23 at Fayetteville VAMC and April 30 on Pope Field, with future workshops set forMay 30 and June 20 on Pope Field.  The workshops last from 3-5 p.m.  The May 30 workshop will now be held at the Medical Center, in the Navigation Room on the 3rd Floor of the main hospital building at 2300 Ramsey St.  The June 20 workshop is still set to be held on Pope Field at the Family Readiness Group Center, 236 Interceptor Rd.

Veterans are welcome to invite their spouse or significant other to this training. Reservations are required.  To view upcoming dates and to register visit https://FayVA-Whole-Health.eventbrite.com or call Fayetteville VAMC Local Recovery Coordinator Dr. Sita Kanithi at 910-488-2120 x7396.

Whole Health recognizes the patient as a whole person and helps support his or her unique needs, said Dr. Kanithi, a clinical psychologist, who supervises Fayetteville VAMC’s Peer Support Specialists who play key roles in the implementation of this innovative approach.

“Whole Health goes beyond your illnesses, injuries, or disabilities. It focuses on your values and aspiration, your health and well-being and includes self-care and complementary therapies (such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga), along with your conventional medical care,” Kanithi said.

In addition to learning about the Whole Health approach to care, workshop attendees will learn about the unique challenges of transitioning from the military and why a Whole Health approach is helpful in meeting these challenges and capitalizing on opportunities and well as VA programs and services.

“Most importantly, you will learn about your own strengths and abilities to optimize your well-being with a focus on what is important to YOU,” said Dr. Kanithi.

To learn more about Whole Health, visit https://www.va.gov/PATIENTCENTEREDCARE/explore/about-whole-health.asp.

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