Coordinated School Health Information
A Coordinated School Health (CSH) Approach to Improving Learning and Improving Health at Harwood Union
Since 2010 a team of HU staff from a variety of departments including; school counseling, health services, student support services, health education as well as students, parents and community partners have met to coordinate the many parts of school health to attempt to:
- eliminate gaps and reduce redundancies across the many initiatives and funding streams,
- build partnerships and teamwork among school health and education professionals in the school,
- build collaboration and enhance communication among public health, school health, and other education and health professionals in the community,
- and to focus efforts on helping students engage in protective, health-enhancing behaviors and avoid risk behaviors.
Expanding the Coordinated School Health Approach
Since 1987, Center for Disease Control's (CDC’s) coordinated school health (CSH) approach has been the blueprint for integrating health-promoting practices in the school setting. CSH programs have helped to establish policies and practices in states, districts, and schools across the nation, and will see continued success within the expanded Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.
The WSCC model includes 10 components, expanding upon the CSH components of Healthy and Safe School Environment and Family/Community Involvement into 4 distinct components.
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is an expansion and update of the Coordinated School Health (CSH) approach. The WSCC incorporates the components of CSH and the tenets of the ASCD’s* whole child approach to strengthen a unified and collaborative approach to learning and health. The WSCC model focuses its attention on the child, emphasizes a school-wide approach, and acknowledges learning, health, and the school as being a part and reflection of the local community.
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model: A New Approach
By focusing on youth, addressing critical education and health outcomes, organizing collaborative actions and initiatives that support students, and strongly engaging community resources, the WSCC approach offers important opportunities that may improve healthy development and educational attainment for students. Learn more about this approach in a special issue of the Journal of School Health.