The MUSC Boeing Center for Children's Wellness was created in 2007 as a partnership between the Medical University of South Carolina Division of Adolescent Medicine and Charleston County School District, led by Dr. Janice Key. This partnership began through the implementation of the Docs Adopt© School Health Initiative in CCSD. The original model paired a health professional with a partnering school as a way to help schools in creating a culture of wellness.
Since then, the initiative has expanded to include the School Wellness Checklist© (SWC). The SWC is an implementation tool that provides participating schools with evidence-based strategies and resources that will assist them in making the policy, systems, and environmental changes required to build and sustain a culture of wellness. Schools earn points for each item completed on the checklist and at the end of the school year, are eligible for funding that will aid in furthering their wellness initiatives.
Schools are still encouraged to engage the community in their wellness strategies to aid in sustainability. Schools invite health care professionals to serve on their wellness committees, develop partnerships with local businesses and community organizations for donations or funding, and bring in community members to teach students and staff about different components of wellness and earn points on the checklist for doing so.