Maine Youth Health Survey data now available

The results of the 2013 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) are now available.

State, public health district and county level data on public school students in grades 5 through 12 are now online on the survey website at https://data.mainepublichealth.gov/miyhs/. Data for kindergarten through grade 3 survey data are not available because of a low response rate.

Each principal and superintendent of MIYHS participating schools will receive a MIYHS website login email. These logins will be used to securely access confidential school and SAU local reports. If you have any questions about data access, please contact Stephen Corral at stephen.corral@maine.gov.

The MIYHS is administered in February of every odd year to gauge the health and health habits of Maine public school students in kindergarten through grade 12. Student response rates and school participation rates determine whether or not data is representative and can be released.

A few highlights for high school students include:

  • 88 percent of students surveyed  feel safe at their school
  • The percentage of students who smoked cigarettes or drank alcohol within the 30 day period prior to the survey has decreased since 2011
  • The percentage of students who seriously considered attempting suicide has increased from 2011 (12.7 percent) to 2013 (14.6 percent)

Look for other highlights in upcoming issues of the Commissioner’s Update, or review the survey results here.