Youth health survey to be administered next February

The Maine DOE, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to announce the fourth administration of the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) will be next February.

Public schools containing any grade seven through 12 are invited and encouraged to participate in the full census survey and schools containing kindergarten or grade three, five or six may be chosen as part of the elementary sample.

This survey provides schools with an opportunity to take a comprehensive look at the risk behaviors and protective factors of the youth in their communities. The 2013 survey results showed Maine youth are making healthier choices, including smoking and drinking less, but are increasingly struggling with their emotional well-being. Additionally, a full report on the association between academic performance and student health risks can be found on the MIYHS website.

For more information on the MIYHS, please contact Maine DOE’s Jean Zimmerman at jean.zimmerman@maine.gov or 207-624-6687.