This course introduces audiologists to the concepts of Whole Health – an evidence-based, multi-disciplinary, personalized, Veteran-driven approach that empowers and equips Veterans to take charge of their health and well-being, live life to the fullest, and participate in their health decisions. The application to hearing loss/tinnitus/balance is discussed.
Course created on September 15, 2023
- After this course, participants will be able to describe VHA’s Whole Health approach to care and identify one way to change the conversation from "what’s the matter with you?" to "what matters to you?"
- After this course, participants will be able to explain how to connect Audiologic shared goals with the patient's Mission, Aspiration, and Purpose (MAP).
- After this course, participants will be able to discuss how to document and track the use of a Whole Health approach using health factors in electronic medical records.
|5-30 Minutes||Whole Health in VHA|
|30-55 Minutes||Whole Health Clinical Care|
|55-60 Minutes||Summary & Q/A|
Cindi has been employed with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for over 19 years. She holds a Masters’ degree in Occupational Therapy and has an extensive background in restaurant management. As an Occupational Therapist with the VHA, Ms. Wilson has experience providing treatment to Veterans in a wide variety of care settings, including inpatient, outpatient, mental health, home-based care, long-term care, and residential programs. In 2011 as the VHA Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation (OPCC&CT) was being established, Ms. Wilson joined the team as one of the first Field Implementation Consultants for Whole Health System implementation. In this role, Cindi is responsible for providing support to VHA facilities in implementing Whole Health. She is a member of the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) workgroup integrating Whole Health concepts and material into the Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM) clinical program. Ms. Wilson maintains Occupational Therapy credentials, is certified in VHA Coach-Mentorship, IHI Improvement Coaching, and PROSCI Change Management. Ms. Wilson works virtually out of her Port Saint Lucie, FL home.
Katie has been an audiologist at the Bay Pines VA Hospital in Bay Pines, Florida since 2008. She received her Master of Science degree from the University of South Florida and Doctor of Audiology degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Edmonds provides clinical services, precepts doctoral students and is the tinnitus subject matter expert for the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System which includes tinnitus presentations, publications and delivery of tinnitus care in collaboration with Whole Health. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Edmonds is a member of the VA/DoD Tinnitus Working Group including the subgroup tasked with creating the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for Tinnitus, VA Tele-Audiology Advisory Team, and the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) workgroup integrating Whole Health concepts and material into the Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM) clinical program and Talent Management System (TMS) PTM training modules. She has also completed systems redesign projects at her VA facility, earned Lean/Six Sigma Greenbelt certification in Jan 2022 and was awarded Bay Pines Hospital and the VISN8 Top Green Belt Project Awards in 2022.
Financial: Catherine Edmonds is employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Non-financial: Catherine Edmonds has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
In lieu of an honorarium, a donation has been made to AVAA in the form of AudiologyOnline CEU memberships.
Sponsor Disclosure: This course is presented by the Association of VA Audiologists (AVAA) in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
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