Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey data available; state-level snapshots included

The 2017 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) is available for your review. It provides a reliable overview of youth in Maine and the actions or risks in which they take part. Survey data can be used for program planning and evaluation at the state and the local level.

More than 61,000 students from 300-plus schools participated in the 2017 MIYHS, including about 80 percent of all Maine middle and high schools. The 2017 MIYHS marked the first time that all Public Health Districts and County level data have been reportable. All results can be found on the MIYHS website.

MIYHS is a biannual collaborative project between Maine DHHS and Maine DOE. Its purpose is to quantify the health of Kindergarten and Grade 3 students through parent interviews, and the health-related behaviors and attitudes of 5th through 12th graders by direct student survey.

The surveys are designed to be age-appropriate, and topics covered include alcohol, tobacco and drug use, bullying, sexual behavior, depression, diet, exercise, support systems, and injuries.

2017 State-level Snapshots are available with one for K/3, 5/6, Middle School, and High School. Each includes:

  • Six key findings from the survey
  • Ideas for parents, youth, and schools to help youth stay healthy
  • How to get more information

The MIYHS will be administered again in 2019.

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Disease Prevention, Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention and Control.