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What is Healthcaring?

As a behavioral definition, healthcaring taps into a positive disposition of people at both a conscious and subconscious level. It's defined as many, together in caring health and healthcare.

The excerpts below are from HealthCARING: A Reset for Health and Healthcare:

Six attributes of healthcaring follow: the first three emphasize the individual and the last three center on its societal impact.

Healthcaring Cues Behavior — To cue is to prompt, as if on stage in a play. Definitions cue what we do, like dance steps in a choreographed routine, and guide what we, and others, sometimes shouldn't do. For example, language and environment cue us on what to eat, whether to exercise or not, and sometimes even prompt addictive alcohol or drug usage. Soon healthcaring will causally cue healthcare providers to improve patient contact time and to practice less defensive, more predictive medicine.

Healthcaring Prods Cooperation — To prod is to promote, nudge, persuade, or advocate a behavior or conditioned response by others. The idea is that healthcaring will be used to draw out behavioral change in others in a given situation. Examples include health coaches and the prodding of patients, consumers and associations in ways that influence providers, payers and government toward actions with solid healthcaring underpinnings.

Healthcaring Taps Positive Human Nature — To tap is to draw forth from a source. Like the naming of healthcaring itself, this individual quality is hard-wired inside minds. It's the positive side of human nature. Consider how people think and what they say. A typical use for the phrase human nature is to describe the misbehavior of others, as in "Oh, that's human nature." We usually utter this to excuse, degrade or condemn some misbehavior or a disgusting slip-up. It is commonplace to lump all kinds of selfish, angry, harmful or destructive actions by others (or ourselves) under the banner of human nature.

In contrast, if it's a positive behavior from one to another (or others), then we describe it variously as being heroic, brave, compassionate, generous, altruistic, sympathetic, loving, caring, empathetic or some other positive and very specific descriptive word. We treat it as if it's an exception and rarely call these positive behaviors 'human nature.' Nor, more importantly, is there a composite word that groups and collectively describes these positive acts and actions. Why not help bridge this chiasm with the causal definition humane nature.

Healthcaring Defines America's Destination — France's top-rated healthcare system is both a triumph and a destination the French take pride in maintaining. What then is America's healthcare destination? A healthcaring America is an obvious destination. Healthcaring will help frame common objectives, create other supporting behavioral definitions and make clear next steps and best practices. And this is not merely about putting patients first or being humane and cost effective. It is a call to caring and a call to the best in health by co-creating ways to encourage others to flourish and for healthcare delivery to measurably improve. That's because health is as much a human experience as it is a biological fact. The payoff is that a clear destination makes individual, business and group decisions easier, particularly when they're complex or ambiguous.

Healthcaring Improves Decision Making — Without healthcaring in place as a widespread behavioral reset and the encouragement of others, Americans have been left to their own devices with conflicting guidance on health-related decisions. That's because without a cultural norm or clear destination, even when people want to do what's right, they don't always know what's right or even how best to achieve better health or improved healthcare outcomes. And we're talking about decisions at all levels of society with a reemphasis on personal responsibility and sacrifice for the benefit of others. Said simply, healthcaring provides a litmus test to guide us toward healthier and more consistent decisions about our health and how healthcare should work.

Healthcaring Inspires a Cascade of Change — As the idea of and practices around healthcaring become widespread, the general wellbeing of Americans (and other adopting societies) will improve. While there are a few models of wellbeing, e.g. the European Union and Gallup models, guidance on the 'how' to make wellbeing happen has been missing. That's a void healthcaring and its associated behavioral definitions fill in.

How will this inspire me to be a healthy person? Where and when will healthcaring motivate organizations, institutions and government and its policy makers to take those actions that aid the growth and understanding of what it means to be genuinely healthcaring? Finally, and to strongly reaffirm, healthcaring will encourage a series of other supporting behavioral definitions, including those that already exist, such as preventive healthcare and positive psychology.

In a way that parallels large swaths of consumers and businesses now going green, initiatives for healthcaring need a factual foundation that is also emotionally motivating and inspiring. To stir up a passion for health and wellbeing takes the independent efforts and creativity of people like you, and over time, the cultural acceptance of all.

Learn more in the book  HealthCARING: A Reset for Health and Healthcare.


Help To Activate Caring, add…

   caring health and healthcare
   healthcaring adherent: usually a person
Humane Nature:
   positive human nature

…as every day words.

Introduce more causal meaning into language. "Sparingly sprinkle" these into writings, thoughts and creative media to help bring health and wellbeing to life—including yours.

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