Providing the Youth Health Survey Report to High Schools
Refer to Reference Handout. (See appendix A)
Copy of the Youth Health Survey that the high school students completed in 2008. (See
Copy of the Youth Health Survey Report template.
Receipt of Youth Health Survey Report:
1. Contact will receive 3 copies of a school’s YHS Report: one for the school principal,
one for the PE/HE consultant or coordinator, and one for office reference.
2. The contact assigned to the school will arrange for a meeting with the principal to
deliver the report and have a discussion regarding the Youth Health Survey findings,
resources and options for response.
3.As soon as the principal’s meeting is arranged, contact can be made with the
appropriate PE/HE Consultant or Coordinator, to advise of the plans for meeting, confirm
the consultant’s mailing information ie name and address, and send along the YHS
4. The contact may need to allow for time to read over school YHS Report and become
familiar with its contents prior to the meeting with the school principal.
Overview of the contents of the Youth Health Survey Report:
Thoughts for consideration in meeting with the school principals:
a) each school will be at a different stage of readiness with respect to receiving the
YHS Report, interpreting the findings and implementing responses to safeguard
and enhance the students’ health.
b) Schools will probably be looking at how to respond to the YHS Reports within
existing strategies, activities and committees; and may be cautious about the
feasibility of new strategies, etc within existing resources
c) School principals may not be familiar with the Youth Health Survey, so insert a
copy of the survey into the copy of the YHS Report for reference in discussions
with the school.
d) Please highlight the resource people available to the schools in their interpretation
of and response to the YHS Report: the PE/HE consultants & coordinators, the
RHA Program Specialists, their current healthy school councils and committees,
and their assigned PHN and other RHA contacts.
e) It is the purview of the school principal to determine how the school will be
responding to the receipt of the Youth Health Survey Report.
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Collaborative Analysis of the Youth Health Survey Report:
Questions to think about in beginning to interpret the Youth Health Survey Report, and
that can be used (probably some rather than all) in the initial meeting with the school
What story does this data tell you? ( eg from your own context, from your eyes)
What additional information do you need to arrive at a decision to act?
Does this story challenge your assumptions? Is this what you expected?
What are the differences between the students and grades and what may be contributing
How can we make a difference? What is the sphere of influence and control that schools
How and who to engage in the response to the findings in the Youth Health Survey
How will the information be shared with other school staff, parents, students, the
Refer to Appendix C for further questions.
Many of the schools access the Manitoba Healthy Schools website to gain additional
information in the provision of information to meet Manitoba Education, Citizenship and
Youth PE/HE curriculum. The web-based information is also available to address and
influence community level issues and strategies.
Manitoba Healthy Schools (English and French links)
The Canadian Best Practices Portal for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease
Prevention (English and French links) http://cbpp-pcpe.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Canadian Cancer Society Knowledge Exchange Network (English and French links)
health-evidence.ca (English and French links) http://health-evidence.ca
Health-in-Common (English and French, Manitoba based)
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Youth Health Survey Report
The purpose of the survey was to learn specific information about youth health, with a
focus on risk factors for chronic disease. This report provides baseline information on the
four key topics of: 1)physical activity; 2)healthy eating; 3)smoking, alcohol and drug use;
and 4)well-being, at the individual school level. The report will provide information on
youth health that is school specific which can be utilized for program and policy planning
(Refer to final template for the YHS Report.)
Contacts can discuss their role, in working collaboratively with principals and other key
individuals within the schools, to build capacity and facilitate access to community
resources that will improve the health outcomes of students. Depending upon regional
decisions, contacts may be available to participate in discussions of the report with school
staff, parent council, &/or healthy school committee. These discussions may involve a
review of the YHS report findings and preliminary visioning of activities and strategies to
support and enhance the health of the students in that school community. Changes have
occurred over the past few years with respect to the development of the physical
education and health education curriculum, school staffing preparation in those content
areas, public health nursing service demands, the creation of healthy schools committees,
and the acknowledgement of health-promoting schools concepts.
Surveillance focuses on significant health threats such as contagious diseases but is also
used with other health events such as chronic diseases, injury, and violence. Similar to
investigation of disease and other health events, during surveillance there is the collection
and analysis of health data. Unlike investigation, however, surveillance is an ongoing
process which detects trends and seeks to identify changes in the incidence (that is, the
occurrence of new cases over a set period of time) and prevalence (that is, the combined
number of old and new cases at any one point in time). Surveillance also includes
analysis of data, sharing of the information with decision-makers, and evaluating the
impact of this information including ideas and plans generated to respond to identified
Surveillance is often confused with monitoring and/or screening. It is important to
Surveillance is used to assess population health status before and after health events
and looks at whole populations; while Monitoring implies a constant adjustment of what
is being done and looks at specific groups or individuals. Surveillance measures the
population health status and may serve as the method to track cases; and Screening
detects previously unknown cases in a population and may serve as the method to find
cases. (adapted from Minnesota Department of Health Interventions: Public Health Nursing)
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(Excerpt from WRHA PPH Strategic Plan 2005-2010)
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Copies of the survey can be printed from the following pdf link,
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Collaborative Analysis of the Youth Health Survey Report:
Questions to ask in thinking about what happens next after the schools receive their
respective Youth Health Survey Report (adapted from Winnipeg symposium Data Leading to
Action: From Chaos to Clarity, January 19&20, 2009)
Clarify the meaning of the Youth Health Survey Report
1. What does this data mean to us?
2. What are our assumptions?
3. Do the data seem to confirm them or suggest something else?
4. What other questions occur to us?
5. What links can we make among the data?
6. Important to always remember “Correlation does not equate to causation.”
1. Who needs to be involved in knowing the data/information and working with it?
2. How to involve the students; what does the YHS Report say to them?
3. How do you work with the school from an organizational perspective? Eg
Current involvement with the high school eg Healthy Schools or Health
Promoting School Committees, at the division level? Team Manager, PHN,
Community Facilitator, and how does this look?
1. What are the barriers to taking action?
2. What is the impetus to action?
3. Are there policies that support the change? Are policies needed?
1. What needs to be done next?
1. Planning to evaluate
2. Differences between statistical significance and clinical significance; have we
made a difference?
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