What is WSCC?
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model provides a framework that supports greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between health and education, to ensure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Developed through a collaborative effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the WSCC model is an expansion of the Coordinated School Health (CSH) Model.
The WSCC model provides a cohesive and efficient way for schools to:
- Align health and learning through a school-wide approach
- Incorporate policy, process, and practice
- Center programming around the needs of the child
- Encourage community engagement and collaboration
The WSCC model is comprehensive, measurable, and can be integrated easily to enhance existing school programming. The model can help to move a school from an uncoordinated system to a coordinated system in which efforts are streamlined instead of duplicated.
Implementation of the WSCC model has resulted in:
- Reduced absenteeism
- Reduced discipline issues
- Improved staff morale
- Increased staff attendance and engagement
- Increased immunization compliance
- Increased family involvement
- Better academic outcomes!
Children’s and WSCC
Children’s began its work with Coordinated School Health in 2011 in three partner neighborhoods. The work was initially led by school nurses with the support of health educators, community health navigators, and the leadership team within Children’s. When CSH expanded and changed to WSCC, Children’s made some slight changes to the previous implementation strategy to better align with the more comprehensive WSCC model. Children’s continues to work with schools and communities to coordinate efforts aimed at improving children’s health throughout Wisconsin.
Goal of WSCC according to CDC/ASCD
Schools, health agencies, parents, and communities share a common goal of supporting the health and academic achievement of students. Substantial research shows that the health of students is linked to their academic achievement. Through collaborative use of the model, we can work to ensure that every student in every community is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. For more information, view the ASCD/CDC WSCC Video.
If you have any questions about the WSCC model and how it is used to inform programming at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, please contact WSCC@chw.org.