CDE’s Health and Wellness Unit supports ongoing data collection efforts to measure trends in student health behavior and school-level health policies in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and other agencies.
- Healthy Kids Colorado Survey is the local name for CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which is administered every other year with a sample of Colorado school to determine prevalence of health-risk behavior and trends related to these behaviors. The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) collects health information from Colorado public school students, and a unified version has been launched for 2013 that consolidates multiple needs for youth health data.
The unified HKCS and will allow for both state and regional-level estimates, while reducing student-survey requests to schools. Regional estimates will be available by health statistics regions. The unified HKCS will first be administered in fall 2013 to approximately 40,000 randomly selected students from approximately 300 schools. For the latest information about the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, log on to www.hkcs2013.org.
- CDC’s School Health Profiles are collected every other year from a sample of approximately 300 secondary principals and health education teachers to provide data on school health policies and practices in Colorado. The School Health Profiles will be collected in the spring of 2014 and 2016.
- Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source is an effort led by the Colorado Legacy Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In late 2012, CLF was awarded a 5-year grant from Kaiser Permanente to create the infrastructure to measure, track and better understand the health-related policies and practices being implemented in Colorado schools.
Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source aims to reduce the burden on schools that are asked to participate in multiple data collection efforts related to health and wellness by better streamlining the data collection process and making the data available in a central location. For more information, visit http://colegacy.org/initiatives/health-and-wellness/
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