DOE, CDC request participation in school health profile survey

The Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducts the School Health Profile Survey for principals and lead health education teachers every two years.

The survey data is compiled and reported at both the national and state levels. Effective reporting of your school’s profile results enables you to provide a broad audience with factual information on school health policies and programs in the following areas: health education; physical education and physical activity; health services; healthy and safe school environment; and family and community involvement.

Concrete recommendations can be made to education agencies, public health officials, parents, and those who assist in the development of health education programs based on the survey data. The data contained in the report can be used to provide the support for those recommendations that create and strengthen health policies and environmental change. The 2010 Maine School Health Profile data can be located online at www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/profiles/topic_facts.htm. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all of the Maine data.

The 2010 survey highlight sheets (there are two different selected sheets) and a large postage paid envelope will be mailed to you in a few weeks. Your participation and support in carrying out this survey is greatly appreciated as it is vital to the improvement of health in Maine’s schools.  Be aware, your SAU may have a grant from either the MDOE or the Department of Health and Human Services that requires participation in the survey, as well as the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey.  For further information, please contact either Susan Berry, Health Education and Health Promotion Coordinator, at the Maine Department of Education, 624-6695 or susan.berry@maine.gov or Kristina Record at Pan Atlantic SMS Group, 871-8622 X 106  or krecord@panatlanticsmsgroup.com.