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Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is a combination of the CDC’s Coordinated School Health Model and the ASCD’s Whole Child model. WSCC is an ecological approach that is directed at the whole school, with the school in turn drawing its resources and influences from the whole community and serving to address the needs of the whole child. The WSCC model puts the child at the center, representing the idea that children and youth should be the focus of decision-making; thus, all policies, practices, and programs should support a healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged child. The model increases alignment and integration between education and health to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development; therefore, addressing barriers to every child’s capacity for learning. The well-being of a child greatly influences the child’s ability to be present and to learn, and has a direct impact on academic achievement. The WSCC approach develops every child’s potential by maximizing educator, family, and community engagement through a collaborative approach in the following ten components:
• Health education
The following tools have been developed to assist with implementation of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model:
The Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan (OHIP) 2020
The OHIP identifies and addresses public health priorities through a collaborative effort between leaders in health, business, tribes, academia, state and local governments, and private citizens. Health Education was included in the OHIP as a health system to improve the following flagship issues in Oklahoma: Tobacco Use, Obesity, Child Health, and Behavioral Health. Health Education was then divided into three workgroups to align with the life course approach: Coordinated School Health, Higher Education, and Motivational Interviewing.
The OHIP Coordinated School Health (CSH) work group
The CSH workgroup meets quarterly to develop and implement strategies to address the following mission and goals to improve the overall health of Oklahoma school age children:
Mission: To increase the number of schools achieving the excellence level of certification as a Certified Healthy School through promotion of and providing resources for the Certified Healthy Schools Program.
Goal #1: Create demand and build momentum for Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Coordinated School Health in Oklahoma.
For more information or to get involved, please email the OHIP Coordinated School Health work group.
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