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Whole School Whole Community Whole Child Model

Overview of the WSCC Model

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Schools provide a perfect setting for efficient and effective collaboration between health and education, individuals, society, and the economy.  Through the integration of health services and programs into the school environment, academic achievement can be increased and learning can be improved.  The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model offers guidance to this integration by combining and building upon elements of the Coordinated School Health (CSH) approach and the Whole Child Framework.  The WSCC model draws upon the whole community while addressing the needs of the whole child.

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Expansion of the CSH Model

The Coordinated School Health (CSH) approach, introduced by the CDC in 1987, has been used to integrate health-promoting practices into the school setting.  The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is an expanded, updated version of the CSH approach.  The WSCC model focuses on the child, emphasizing a school-wide approach.

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Facts about WSCC

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Schools play an important role in establishing healthy, safe behaviors among youth, which can then lead to lifelong behavior patterns.  In order to achieve the best health outcomes for youth, members of the community, schools, community organizations, and government agencies must work together.  Awareness has increased concerning the need to improve the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development of children through the integration and collaboration of education and health.

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