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Results From the Massachusetts Youth Health Survey

Results From the Massachusetts Youth Health Survey

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 A Profile of Health AmongMassachusetts Middle andHigh School Students, 2011
Results from the Massachusetts Youth HealthSurvey (MYHS)
Health Survey ProgramDivision of Research and EpidemiologyBureau for Health Information, Statistics, Research, and EvaluationMassachusetts Department of Public Health
June 2012
 
 
June 2012Dear Colleagues, Parents, and Students:The Massachusetts Departments of Public Health (DPH) is pleased to present the results of the 2011Massachusetts Youth Health Survey (MYHS). This report features significant enhancements; one of which is theinclusion of key findings by race, ethnicity and gender and the identification of disparate (
unequal 
) outcomes. Thisis particularly relevant to the work of the MDPH and Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS)since we share as a top priority the elimination of health disparities and promotion of health equity.This survey was administered in a random sample of 137 public secondary schools by the University of Massachusetts Center for Survey Research in the spring of 2011. The following report
 
presents key indicators of the behavioral and health risks reported by middle school and high school youth.This report provides important information about behaviors and conditions that may compromise the health, safety,and wellbeing of young people across the Commonwealth. These behaviors include tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; behaviors leading to injuries, such as drinking and driving and poor seatbelt use, dietary behaviors andphysical inactivity; and sexual behaviors that may lead to sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy. The reportalso discusses the prevalence of health-related conditions such as obesity, chronic disease, oral health problems,and mental health concerns among our youth. The race/ethnicity data presented in this report may be used as astate benchmark and as a reference point for town surveys.It is our hope that the data gathered through this survey and presented here can be utilized by schools, communityprograms, healthcare workers and families to better understand and address the health risks that our youth faceand to promote the health of all young people in Massachusetts.Thank you for your own continued commitment to improving the lives and health of youth in Massachusetts.
 
Sincerely,John AuerbachCommissioner Department of Public Health
 
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CKNOWLEDGEMENTS
 
The staff of the Health Survey Program prepared this report:Diane Gonsalves, MS, MPH, EpidemiologistMaria McKenna, MPH, EpidemiologistHelen Hawk, PhD, Director Liane Tinsley, MPH, Senior EpidemiologistWe wish to express our gratitude to the students and faculty in the Massachusetts public schools who participated in this survey and to Anthony Roman at the Center for Survey Research of the University of Massachusetts-Boston and the dedicated administrators who helped make this survey possible. We wish tothank Carol Goodenow and Chiniqua Milligan at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and SecondaryEducation whose collaborative efforts made these surveys possible. We also wish to acknowledge thecontributions of the staff of the many programs within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health who provided topical overviews and reviewed draft sections of this report relevant to their areas of expertise.For further information about this report, about the Massachusetts Youth Health Survey, or the Health SurveyProgram, please contact: Helen Hawk, Health Survey Program, Bureau of Health Information, Statistics,Research and Evaluation, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, 6
th
floor, Boston,MA 02108-4619. Telephone: (617) 624-5623. Email:Elena.A.Hawk@state.ma.usWebsite:http://www.mass.gov/dph/hsp 

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