In 2015, the North Central Accountable Community of Health (NCACH) Governing Board selected whole person care as the primary project under a State Innovation Model (SIM) program. A Primary Care Transformation Workgroup was formed, and in the fall of 2016 the workgroup adopted a broad vision of whole person health and formed the Whole Person Care Collaborative (WPCC).
Read more about our Whole Person Health vision.
What is Whole Person Care?
Whole Person Care recognizes that a person’s state of health is influenced by much more than the health care they receive. Health is affected by health care, genetics, environmental factors (such as housing, employment) and personal behaviors (such as diet, exercise, substance abuse, etc.) Whole Person Care requires us to pay attention to and address all of these factors.
Whole Person Care more effectively connects patients with resources outside the clinic which help address health-related social issues such as housing, education, and other social determinants of health. Whole Person Care also eliminates the divide between behavioral health and medical care.
In January 2017, Washington State’s Medicaid Transformation Project Demonstration grant was approved by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the NCACH began planning for regional health improvement projects as part of this 5-year contract initiative.
The Medicaid Transformation presents an opportunity to build on this project and incorporate whole person care into six health improvement projects selected by the NCACH Governing Board. Because many purposes of the Medicaid Demonstration Projects cannot be addressed without changes in the care of patients, clinical provider organizations have a major role to play.
The WPCC promotes alignment of provider transformation efforts in the North Central Region with a shared vision of whole person health. As our region moves from planning to implementation, the work of the WPCC has evolved into different roles and functions moving forward. These roles and function are further defined on the following pages:
Whole Person Care Workgroup
Whole Person Care Learning Community