Start Date

7-11-2014 8:00 AM

Description

The Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) proposes a set of goals and objectives with the vision of Worcester being the healthiest city in New England by 2020. As a part of the plan, the Worcester Regional Youth Health Survey (RYHS) was conducted by the Worcester Division of Public Health during the 2013-2014 academic years. The RYHS allows the progress toward CHIP goals to be assessed, as well as the identification of additional areas for improvement. Findings will include the results of adolescent health behavior questions from the survey and those CHIP objectives that they inform, which include: healthy eating and active living, behavioral health, primary care and wellness, violence and injury prevention, and health equity and disparities. Progress towards meeting local CHIP goals will be framed by a comparison to national and state-wide data sets. A total of 8,703 youth participated in the survey from grades 9-12. The survey contained standardized questions that were taken from validated national surveys. The survey questions measured the prevalence of health-risk behaviors among youth and the community conditions which provide protective factors as well as the perceived behavioral standards.

Keywords

adolescent health, youth, Worcester

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Poster presented at the 2014 UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement and Research Symposium, held on November 7, 2014 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Mass.

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Nov 7th, 8:00 AM

Youth Health Benchmarks in the Context of a Regional Health Improvement Plan

The Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) proposes a set of goals and objectives with the vision of Worcester being the healthiest city in New England by 2020. As a part of the plan, the Worcester Regional Youth Health Survey (RYHS) was conducted by the Worcester Division of Public Health during the 2013-2014 academic years. The RYHS allows the progress toward CHIP goals to be assessed, as well as the identification of additional areas for improvement. Findings will include the results of adolescent health behavior questions from the survey and those CHIP objectives that they inform, which include: healthy eating and active living, behavioral health, primary care and wellness, violence and injury prevention, and health equity and disparities. Progress towards meeting local CHIP goals will be framed by a comparison to national and state-wide data sets. A total of 8,703 youth participated in the survey from grades 9-12. The survey contained standardized questions that were taken from validated national surveys. The survey questions measured the prevalence of health-risk behaviors among youth and the community conditions which provide protective factors as well as the perceived behavioral standards.

 

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