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.
Miranda has been at ADE for 13 years where she currently serves as the Project Manager for the Comprehensive School Health Program. Miranda is a graduate of the University of Hawaii with a degree in Psychology who has a diversified work experience working in both not-for-profit and corporate sectors across the nation. She brings over 10 years of experience in program development/implementation, program infrastructure, coalition building and social marketing. Her work experience has primarily been in minority health disparities, child development programs, professional development, and family engagement. Miranda's passion is to help schools create healthy school environments.
Constance serves as the Comprehensive School Wellness Specialist. She 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 is the School Health Specialist for the Az Health Zone (SNAP-Ed program) at the Arizona Department of Health Services. She brings more than 25 years experience as both a teacher and a public health educator. Elizabeth's public health experience includes work in tobacco youth development and programming, School Health Index assessment, planning and implementation and now Local Wellness Policy development and implementation with an emphasis on nutrition and physical activity.
Zach serves as the School Health & Wellness Specialist. He has been working in school health since he moved from his home state of Nebraska three years ago. Zach has experience working with healthcare professionals to develop educational programs for youth. Zach specializes in school health services and chronic disease management, where he works to positively impact the health of young people and communities.
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 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!
The Comprehensive School Wellness 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.
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.
We realize that every school has a unique set of needs, which is why we are here to help school leaders and staff incorporate components of the WSCC model as they see fit.
Download the Technical Assistance (TA) Catalog of Services to explore what we can offer you!