About the Committee
- The National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety (NCCSHS) brings together federal agencies and national organizations to support programs in our nation's schools that promote healthy, safe, and academically successful students. NCCSHS informs on emerging issues affecting health, safety, wellbeing, and academic success and the roles schools can play in addressing these issues.
- The NCCSHS vision is that all children & youth in the United States are healthy, safe, academically successful, and prepared for rewarding and productive lives. It recognizes the diverse facets of health, nutrition, safety and well-being associated with promoting health and safety in schools. Through its mission, NCCSHS facilitates collaboration and communication among private & public national organizations, federal staff and other stakeholders that actively promote the health, safety, and academic success of children and youth.
Formed in 1994 by the secretaries of Education and Health and Human Services, the committee has grown to include several federal agencies, and 100 non-governmental organizations that work to improve the health of children and their ability to achieve in school.
Members participate in 1 of 2 self-selected working groups on Mental Health and the Whole School Whole Community Whole Child (WSCC) Model. The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Working Group.
- The WSCC working group aligns communication and dissemination of materials through development of that supports policy change to advance implementation of the WSCC model Mental Health (MH) Working Group.
The MH working group amplifies and coordinates communications about school mental health by identifying and collecting resources and disseminating best practices. The working group also supports and facilitates policy implementation through the research of policies and procedures and development of advocacy/policy agendas.
NCCSHS meets once each year as a general body, bringing together representatives of all member organizations. Monthly meetings are held for each of the smaller working groups to focus on current issues in school health and safety.
Letitia D. Winston
Public Health Analyst