Pillar 1: Care for the Whole Person—Meeting the Person Where They Are

This week, the Applied Behavior Change Science team continues sharing insights from EPC’s Behavioral Science Approach (BSA) and the Five Pillars of Behavior Change Science by diving into Pillar No. 1: Care for the Whole Person. Although we will discuss one Pillar each week, every Pillar is inter-connected. Keep in mind that the strategies to incorporate the Pillars into EPC’s products will vary based on the product platform and delivery method. Click here to access last week’s blog for an overview of the BSA.

Care for the Whole Person

Ever had one of those days where you just feel down on life? Of course! It happens to all of us sometimes. However, some people feel stressed, hopeless or depressed most of the time—making it especially challenging to start or stick with healthy behaviors like exercising or quitting smoking.

This is just one reason why we must consider a person’s emotional health when developing a plan to help improve their health behaviors. It reminds us that behavioral health treatment is a critical component of overall health. And it’s why Care for the Whole Person is so important.

This pillar is at the heart of EPC’s goal to “Meet Members Where They Are.” Taking a Care for the Whole Person approach means considering all aspects of well-being that influence each person’s health behaviors—including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Unique factors like personal values, education, attitudes about health care, relationship status, experiences of discrimination and cultural beliefs all play a role.

For example, we know that a highly educated woman is less likely to smoke than a woman with lower education. Cultural values might lead a father to prioritize his parents’ or child’s health over his own. And a teenage boy’s strong sense of belonging and social support can help him maintain healthy habits like eating well or testing his blood sugar.

Whether it’s within the health coaching context or a technology-based program, incorporating a Care for the Whole Person approach can help members achieve and sustain positive health behavior changes by adapting the conversation and services provided to meet their unique needs. Stay tuned for more information regarding the Behavioral Science Approach with next week’s blog—as we dive into Pillar No. 2: Consider the Context.

Learn more about each of the Behavioral Science Pillars:

Pillar 1: Care for the Whole Person
Pillar 2: Consider the Context
Pillar 3: Promote Sustainable Motivation 
Pillar 4: Empower Self-Efficacy
Pillar 5: Support with Structure

Applied Behavior Change Science Team

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Envolve PeopleCare’s Applied Behavior Change Science (ABS) team is comprised of Allison Grupski, PhD, Allison Rose, MHS, and Jimmy Donovan. Combined, the ABS team brings a wealth of experience in behavior change, clinical psychology, weight management, health promotion and health disparities research, healthcare operations and communications. The ABS team is responsible for maintaining Envolve PeopleCare’s Behavioral Science Approach to ensure that our products and services are rooted in behavioral science and promote positive, sustainable health behavior change. 

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