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Expanding the Coordinated School Health Approach

Since 1987, 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.

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child

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. This evolution meets the need for greater emphasis on both the psychosocial and physical environment as well as the ever-increasing and growing roles that community agencies and families must play. This new model also addresses the need to engage students as active participants in their learning and health.

CSH and WSCC comparison; CSH: Healthy and Safe School Environment (arrows point to) WSCC: Social and Emotional Climate; and Physical Environment. CSH: Family/Community Involvement (arrows point to) WSCC: Community Involvement; and Family Engagement