The Public Health Institute of Western MA led efforts to conduct the Youth Health Survey (YHS) and Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) with 8th, 10th, and 12th graders enrolled in Springfield Public Schools in 2015 and 2017.

These surveys are administered in collaboration with Springfield Public Schools, Springfield Department of Health and Human ServicesGandara Center's Stop Access Drug Free Communities Coalition, Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services, and with the support of many volunteers from the community and other local agencies. 

The YHS and YRBS are administered in alternating years with the Prevention Needs Assessment Survey (PNAS), an effort led by the Gandara Center's Stop Access Drug Free Communities Coalition.

We hope that this data will contribute to a dialogue among school staff, community-based organizations, health care providers, and the students themselves about strategies to promote the health and wellbeing of our young people.

The YHS/YRBS is slated to be administered during the 2018-2019 school year.  If you would like to join the planning process, please contact us.

Our Partners

 

Our Funders

Thank you for the generous support from Baystate Health, Beveridge Family Foundation, and Springfield Health and Human Services.

 

Interactive Youth Health Data Portal

PHIWM created a user-friendly website, the Interactive Youth Health Data Portal, that allows users to visualize Springfield Youth Health Survey data in graphs and explore responses to questions by gender or race/ethnicity.  Graphs can even be downloaded as images.

 

Youth Health Survey

The Springfield Youth Health Survey (YHS) is administered to 8th grade students enrolled at Springfield Public Schools.  It is a modified version of the survey used by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  The survey contains questions about diet, exercise, screen time, feelings, bullying, violence, health, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs, and more. 

2017 YHS

2015 YHS

 

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Springfield Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is administered to 10th and 12th grade students enrolled at Springfield Public Schools. The instrument used in Springfield is a modified version of the survey created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and used statewide by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

The survey content is similar to the YHS, and it contains questions about safety, violence-related behaviors, bullying, self-harm, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs, communication and education about sexuality and sexual health services, and more.

 

Related Resources

  • MDPH Health Survey Program - This website contains information about MDPH's surveillance project to assess the health of youth.
  • Youth Online- This CDC application allows users to access national and state Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System data.