Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community

Healthy students are better learners.  A student experiencing hunger, vision or hearing loss, or severe asthma will not perform well in school.  As we work together across sectors to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the link between health and schools has grown even closer as we grapple with how to keep students, staff, families, and communities healthy, safe, fed, and in good spirits. Coordinated School Health invests in the Whole Child; establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors in adulthood.  Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of youth and helping them establish lifelong healthy behavior patterns, facilitating academic success.  


 The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model

  Healthy students are better learners  

When school districts invest in the health of their students, they contribute to future, vibrant communities. To have a positive impact on the health outcomes of young people, government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other community members must work together through a collaborative and comprehensive approach: Coordinated School Health (CSH).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) expanded on CSH and developed the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model in collaboration with key leaders from the fields of health, public health, education, and school health.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) slide deck from April 2021 webinar, Promoting Mental andBehavioral Health Resources to Help Children and Teens Enroll in Coverage andAccess Care Mental and Behavioral Health Resources.

Resources for Promoting Adolescent Immunization

Student Information Fliers about Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Simon's Heart is an organization dedicated to saving children's lives by raising awareness about conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death.   

The School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide 

 The School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide is an online self-assessment and planning tool (also available in a downloadable, printable version) that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. The SHI was developed by CDC in partnership with school administrators and staff, school health experts, parents, and national nongovernmental health and education agencies.

Websites and Toolkits

  • The CDC's Healthy Schools Website provides information and tools for teachers, parents, and schools on topics including school nutrition, physical activity, obesity prevention, management of chronic diseases.  
  •  Learn about CDC's Division on Adolescent and School Health (DASH), which  promotes environments where teens can gain fundamental health knowledge and skills, establish lifetime healthy behaviors, connect to health services and avoid becoming pregnant or infected with HIV or STDs.
  •  Read about ASCD's The Whole Child Approach which is an effort to change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long term development and success of children.
  • "Insure All Children" is an interactive toolkit for school-based child health outreach and enrollment launched by AASA, in partnership with the The Children's Defense Fund (CDF). 



  • Healthier School Communities: What's at Stake Now and What We Can Do About It.  This report underscores one key fact: health-promoting schools matter more now than ever for all students to live full, productive lives.  The report is based on the most current information and understanding about the connections between health, well-being, and learning and was developed in partnership with AASA, National Dairy Council and the Urban School Food Alliance (USFA), and thanks to the generous funding of Midwest Dairy. (October 2020) 
  • GENYOUth InBrief Volume 2, March 2017 - FUELING GREATNESS AMONG HISPANIC YOUTH: Celebrating differences, addressing needs to help American students be as healthy and successful as possible. Latino youth represent the largest, youngest, and fastest-growing minority group in the nation -- a key population that Fuel Up to Play 60 en Español was created to serve. This Brief emerges from GENYOUth’s conviction that, in our diverse society, the benefits that come with improved nutrition and more opportunity for physical activity in the school environment must be available to all youth – regardless of language or cultural differences.
  •  GENYOUth InBrief Volume 3, April 2017 - COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Working Together for Change. For those who work in the area of school wellness, public health, nutrition, physical activity, on an allied field, this Brief’s insights make clear how real community engagement – of which GENYOUth’s Town Halls, produced with Dairy and NFL partners over the last several years, are an example -- can aid everything from uncovering collaboration opportunities and strengthening relationships to garnering commitments of support and underwriting for vital initiatives.


June 24, 2021



Staff Contact 

 Kayla Jackson, Project Director, Coordinated School Health