Material Development for CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health's Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model

Geographic Scope: Nationwide

Client(s): IQ Solutions

Service: Health Communication

Technical Expertise: HIV & Infectious Diseases, Adolescent Health


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent Health (DASH) relies on the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model to inform its work and to help accomplish its goal of preventing HIV, other STDs, and teen pregnancy and promoting lifelong health among youth. Schools, health agencies, parents, and communities share a common goal of supporting the health and academic achievement of adolescents.

Research shows that the health of students is linked to their academic achievement. By working together, the various sectors can ensure that every young person in every school in every community is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. The WSCC model accomplishes a number of important objectives:

  • It combines the “Whole Child” model from ASCD with the coordinated school health (CSH) approach used by many in the adolescent and school health field.
  • It emphasizes the relationship between educational attainment and health, by putting the child at the center of a system designed to support both.
  • It provides an update to the CSH approach to better align with the way schools function.
JSI, in partnership with IQ Solutions, is helping DASH amplify its support for the WSCC model by developing an interactive webpage using the WSCC model that would be available on the Healthy Youth Website; an animated video that provides an overview of the WSCC model that would be available on the Healthy Youth Website; and a printed flipbook that describes DASH’s work using the components of the WSCC model.

These visual translations specific to DASH’s use of the WSCC model will help DASH better engage education and school-based partners around its strategic priorities and draw more visitors to its website.