Healthy students are better learners. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors.
Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors throughout adulthood. When school health policies and practices are put in place, healthy students can grow to achieve a lifetime of good health.
The Comprehensive School Wellness Program at ADE is a team of school health specialists dedicated to supporting schools across the state in creating healthy learning environments utilizing the collaborative Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.
The purpose of this presentation is to raise awareness regarding students with chronic health conditions and how the education system can empower families to advocate for their children during their school years.
May 1: Family Engagement Event @ Phoenix North High School
Constance is a native of the Grand Canyon State and is passionate about collaborations that impact change in our school communities. She helps facilitate the Arizona School Health and Wellness Coalition, which is dedicated to creating equity in school health.
Elizabeth works under the SNAP-Ed (AZHZ) program at the Arizona Department of Health Services. She brings more than 25 years of experience as a teacher and a public health educator specializing in the areas of tobacco youth, the School Health Index assessment, and Local Wellness Policy with an emphasis on nutrition and physical activity.
Zach has been working in School Health since he moved from his home state of Nebraska to Arizona three years ago. He has a passion for impacting the health of people and communities. Zach coodinates the teams strategies surrounding School Health Services.
The Comprehensive School Wellness Program is funded to provide assistance to all schools, districts, and local education agencies across the state free of charge.
Our team works with school leaders to support the health and wellness needs of their staff, students and community. We partner with state agencies and local organizations to implement strategies that promote a healthy learning enviornment.
Download the Catalog of Services to explore what our team can offer you!
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is the CDC’s framework for addressing health in schools. The WSCC model is student-centered and emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices.
Our team provides technical assistance, trainings, and professional development on the WSCC's models 10 components:
Physical education and physical activity.
Nutrition environment and services.
Social and emotional school climate.
Counseling, psychological and social services.
Integrating Across the WSCC Framework (print outs)
The Comprehensive School Wellness Team partners with the School Nurse Organization of Arizona (SNOA) to offer technical assistance, resources, and professional development opportunities to school nurses across Arizona.
SNOA hosts an annual conference to provide school nurses the opportunity to access the latest research-based education to further advance their skills. The conference serves as a fun and engaging professional development event that ensures Arizona students receive safe and quality school health services. Click the SNOA logo to check out photos of past conferences!
SNOA 33rd Annual School Health Conference: June 7 - 8th; Register HERE(scholarships available)
School Health Services
School health staff are tasked to help students with preventive (flu shots, vision and hearing screening), acute, and emergency care. For students with chronic health conditions (asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, food allergies, poor oral health), school health staff manage these conditions by communicating with the student’s family and health care providers. A well-trained school health staff keep students healthy and ready to learn. Click below to navigate across the CDC's methods to support student health.
The Comprehensive School Wellness Program established the Arizona School Health and Wellness Coalition. The Coalition is a collaboration of key school health stakeholders, state and local organizations, community members, parents and individuals whose primary goal is to assist schools in creating healthy school enviornments and communities.
The Coalition serves as an organized platform that provides a voice to those who are passionate about school health. It promotes the multi-disciplinary approach to school health outlined by the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.
Contact the coalition to attend an upcoming virtual meeting or event!
This program is funded by the “Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools" grant offered through the Centers for Diseae Control and Prevention's (CDC) Healthy Schools Branch.
Every school has a unique set of needs. To better serve schools, our team of school health specialist are here to help school leaders and staff incorporate components of the WSCC model as they see fit.
Complete the online Technical Assistance Requestform and a member of our team will contact you!