Why does the U.S. health index rank so low in comparison to other industrialized nations, yet we spend more on health care than any other industrialized nation? Well, this is a very complicated issue and requires multiple strategies to correct. However, three important reasons are often cited by the experts. First, many individuals lack of awareness of current, valid health information. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 12% of U.S. adults have proficient health literacy.
The second large reason is in our current health system we do not have adequately trained health practitioners who are also trained in health behavior change and health coaching. Health behavior change is not one size fits all. Thus, strategies for such must be analyzed and developed for each individual’s motivations, obstacles, health dysfunctions, implementing health behavior change strategies specific, and with collaboration, for that individual.
Lastly, health care practitioners need to be trained in preventative approaches for health, in addition to the pathological causes of disease. This takes additional education and time spent with each individual patient and their health challenges.
Dr. Hartje has taken the time to continue his education beyond being a clinical practitioner, with additional studies in preventative and integrated medicine, health behavior change and health coaching. In addition to his Doctor of Chiropractic degree/license, he also holds a Masters of Science in Health Sciences and Health Education. Dr. Hartje has been an adjunct health studies instructor at Portland Community College and other colleges for many years. Please view Conditions Treated/Services for more information regarding the health services we provide.