Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey will be administered in Fall 2013

Between August-December 2013, state partners will be administering the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) is supported by three state agencies: the Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Colorado Department of Human Services-Office of Behavioral Health. 

By working together, these agencies hope to reduce the number of requests for student health data collection, while at the same time, to improve the quality of the data that is collected. This collaboration will allow us to collect state and regional level data (for the 21 health statistics regions) for middle and high schools. Aggregated data by health statistics region will be available by July 1, 2014.

The selected contractor, University of Colorado Denver (UCD), is currently recruiting, or administering with, over 280 middle and high schools in Colorado. 

The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey serves as the instrument for a unified approach to youth surveys. In Colorado, the survey and method also meets the requirements of CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and well as a number of other local, state and federal requirements. 

If you have any questions, please visit www.hkcs2013.org, where you can view the surveys, frequently asked questions, and a PowerPoint overview presentation to learn more about the HKCS Steering Committee, Advisory Committee and other survey updates. If you have any other questions, please contact the project director, Dr. Jennifer Patnaik (303-724-7761, jennifer.patnaik@ucdenver.edu) or CDPHE School Health Specialist, Amy Dillon (303-692-2398, amy.dillon@state.co.us). 

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