In February and March 2015, Partners for a Healthier Community led the implementation of the Youth Health Survey to eighth graders enrolled in the Springfield Public Schools. 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 Drug Free Coalition and with the support of many volunteers from the community and other local agencies.
The Youth Health Surveys asks about physical activity, diet, mental health, drugs and alcohol, violence and bullying, as well as questions about family support and perception. Seventy-six percent (1,389) of the 1,822 eighth graders enrolled in Springfield Public Schools completed this survey. This data allows us to better understand the health and well-being of our students and identifies areas that need action. It is important to remember that all of this information was self-reported by the students, and it is anonymous.
Interactive Youth Health Data Website
PHC 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. Health areas for exploration include physical activity, diet, family support, mental health and exposure to drugs and alcohol.
Youth Health Survey Reports:
Download Youth Health in Springfield, MA: Highlights from the 2015 Youth Health Survey of Eighth Graders.
Download Youth Health Survey - Responses to All Questions
The key results of the survey have been compiled into the report, Youth Health in Springfield, MA: Highlights from the 2015 Youth Health Survey of Eighth Graders. Data in this report is compared to the 2013 Massachusetts Youth Health Survey.
A similiar survey, known as the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), was concurrently administered to tenth and twelfth grade students. Responses to All Questions can be downloaded here.