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A New Approach to Achieving the Triple Aim


Emotional Dimensions of Healthcare

The effects of traumatic experiences and toxic stress are some of the best documented, yet under recognized and undervalued drivers of poor health outcomes of health disparities in distressed communities, of unnecessary healthcare spending and of profound human suffering.  There is an undeniable correlation between our emotions, unhealthy behaviors and our poor health outcomes.

While health care in this country has advanced exponentially in its technical ability to diagnose and treat any number of profoundly complex and confounding diseases, we have failed to connect the dots that make us human and influence the choices we make every day that all too often lead to illness.






Areas of Impact


70% of primary care visits are for psychosocial reasons.  So says the Milbank Foundation study of thousands of patients.  This may be a surprise to many, but its not to most primary care providers who struggle to respond to these needs and who often feel helpless as they watch the progression of chronic diseases driven by "poor choices." 

This book looks at the "why" in those "poor choices," the role they serve in people's lives and the way to help them change those behaviors.  It harnesses people's inherent need to feel better, not just physically, but emotionally and to offer a way to begin to gain a measure of control over the explosion of chronic disease.

Behavioral Health Care

However well a behavioral health provider may have been fulfilling their role in the recovery of those with serious mental illness, we all know that those individuals often get sick and die much earlier than the rest of us...from preventable diseases.

This book crafts a new paradigm, Integrated Care 4.0 which points the way to improved health and wellbeing.  For all of us.  Along the way it illuminates an entirely new role for the behavioral health community to play in healthcare, in population health initiatives and in the achievement of the Triple Aim.

Health Systems & Payors & Policy

There is an undeniable link between our emotions, our behaviors and our poor health outcomes.  Studies show that 70% of primary care visits are for psychosocial reasons.  Lifestyle diseases are emerging as profound drivers of otherwise preventable chronic diseases and ever growing costs.  

This book articulates the irrefutable connection between the pervasiness of stress,in American life, the emotional distress it creates and the psychological and physiological consequences that lead to chronic disease. It also offers a radical prescription for the healthcare system, taking a giant leap forward towards realization of the Triple Aim.

Harness the power of the Emotional Dimensions of Healthcare to improve your patient's health, lower their cost and give them happier lives.  


Our numbers around health are alarming, We even have a special diabetes that they call the Flatbush diabetes. People do not realize their behaviors are causing their illnesses. We need to stop treating symptoms and start treating the underlying problems.
— Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President NYTimes Article 3.23.17
A deeply sourced, brilliant prescription for what health care must be in the 21st century.
— Robert Hayes President & CEO Community Health Network
David Woodlock in his insightful book, entitled Emotional Dimensions of Healthcare, lays out a compelling array of facts that aim at getting at the heart of our current healthcare system and its regrettably poor outcomes. The book takes you through the medical and social science of health and illnesses and posits that much of what we are currently doing is not working and we need to conceptualize differently the approach to health and wellbeing. David offers up some examples of behavioral and social intervention that if applied holistically would be able to move the needle on improving our country’s healthcare outcomes and the lives of many Americans. This is a thought-provoking book that makes you think differently about how we are approaching these chronic conditions and what we need to do to make an impact. These changes need to happen on the personal, medical and social policy; local and ultimately national level if we want, as David states in this book, a “prescription for better health.”
— Jorge R. Petit, MD Beacon Health Options

Simple Truths emerge from complexity; that’s what this book has done. Chronic diseases have confounded us for decades, now Woodlock offers an insightful and profoundly meaningful pathway to better health, lower costs and as importantly a deeper personal connection between physican and patient. It also provides an entirely new opportunity for the behavioral health community to become a meaningful and lasting player in an ever-changing healthcare landscape.
— Linda Rosenberg, President & CEO National Council for Behavioral Health

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