The Public Health Institute of Western MA (PHIWM) led efforts to conduct the Youth Health Survey among Springfield Public School 8th graders in 2015 and 2017. This survey was administered in collaboration with Springfield Public Schools, Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, Gandara Mental Health Center, Stop Access Springfield Coalition, Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services, and with the support of many volunteers from the community and other local agencies.
Interactive Youth Health Data Portal
PHIWM has created a youth health data website in an interactive, user-friendly format. View graphs on questions of interest, then take a closer look by gender or race/ethnicity. Only want the numbers or percentages? There are charts of those too. Or, hover over the graph for the best of both worlds.
Youth Health Survey
The Youth Health Survey (YHS) asks about lifestyle, including physical activity, diet, mental health, drug and alcohol use, gambling, violence and bullying and family support. Data from this survey allows us to better understand the health and well-being of our students and identifies areas of needed action.
- Mental Health Inequities in Springfield Youth (2018)
- 2017 Survey Instrument — This file is a copy of the survey instrument used in 2017, which was adapted from the Massachusetts YHS. The survey was conducted online.
- 2017 YHS Spanish Translation
- Youth Health in Springfield, MA: Highlights from the 2015 Youth Health Survey of Eighth Graders—This report inclues key results from the 2015 survey and shows comparisons to the 2013 MA Youth Health Survey.
- 2015 YHS- Responses to All Questions — This document provides the responses (counts and percentages) to each question in the survey.
- 2015 Survey Instrument — This file is a copy of the survey used in 2015, which was adapted from the Massachsuetts YHS.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey
- 2015 YRBS- Responses to All Questions — This document provides the responses (counts and percentages) to each question in the survey.
Information about the statewide MDPH Health Survey Program can be found here.