Coordinated School Health
Whole School, Whole Community, and Whole Child
Over the past few years, Arkansas has emerged as a leader in implementing Coordinated School Health programs. Across the state Coordinated School Health is growing and districts are building school level health teams. With the help of ACT 1220 of 2003, district wellness committees are required to assess at the building and district level utilizing the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's School Health Index. The School Health Index results are used to implement the Wellness Priority within their Arkansas Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (ACSIP).
Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behavior patterns. Research shows a link between the health outcomes of young people and their academic success. To have the most 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.
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model expands on the eight elements of CDC’s coordinated school health approach and is combined with the whole child framework, which is an effort to transition from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long-term development and success of all children.
You can review data regarding the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and School Health Profiles for Arkansas students by clicking here.