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2019 Agenda



Lauren Kelsey
Phone: (907) 269-8165​


The 15th annual Alaska School Health and Wellness Institute (SHWI), Monday-Wednesday, October 26–28, 2020, at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage, Alaska. We hope you will be able to join us.

The SHWI provides a quality 3-day professional development opportunity for all school staff and anyone working with students or schools. We welcome teachers, school nurses, counselors, school administrators and staff, school board members, school nutrition staff, and others who work with schools interested in learning to cultivate healthier and more successful students.

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model (WSCC)

The Alaska School Health program uses the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC), a comprehensive approach including ten components addressing the physical, emotional and mental health needs of students and staff.

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.

Illustration showing a child within the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model (WSCC) which is a unified and collaborative approach to learning and health.
• The child in the center is at the
focal point of the model; the child is
encircled by the “whole child” tenets in
green: being “healthy, safe, engaged,
supported, and challenged.”
• The white band emphasizes
the alignment, integration, and
collaboration needed among the
school, health, and community sectors
to improve each child’s learning and
• Represented in the blue, the multiple
school components surround the child,
acting as the hub that provides the full
range of learning and health support
systems to each child, in each school,
in each community.
• The community, represented in yellow,
demonstrates that while the school may
be a hub, it remains a focal reflection of
its community and requires community
input, resources, and collaboration in
order to support its students. 

The title “Healthy Students….Successful Students” highlights the most important reasons to focus on student and school health:

  • Healthy students do better academically.
  • Healthy students have lower absenteeism rates and higher graduation rates.
  • Healthy students have fewer behavioral issues.  
  • Healthy and successful students grow into healthy and successful adults.

Wendy Hamilton
School Health Program Manager
Dept. of Health and Social Services

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Kami Moore
Health and Safety Program Coordinator II
Dept. of Education & Early Development

The Institute is provided by the Division of Public Health in partnership with the Department of Education and Early Development.
Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Alaska Division of Public Health

Webpage updated January 2020