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School Health Profiles

Description: 

The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, and territories. Profiles surveys are conducted every 2 years by education and health agencies among middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers.

Supplier: 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Data Years Available: 
1996-present
Periodicity: 
Biennial (even-numbered years)
Mode of Collection: 
Sample survey: Mixed mode (mailed questionnaires and Internet questionnaires)
Selected Content: 
Profiles monitors the status of school health education requirements and content; physical education and physical activity; school health policies related to HIV infection/AIDS, tobacco-use prevention, and nutrition; asthma management activities; family and community involvement in school health programs; and school health coordination.
Population Covered: 
Public schools containing any of grades 6 through 12 in each participating jurisdiction.
Methodology: 

Profiles is conducted among a sample of secondary schools in a state, large urban school district, or territory. Profiles data are collected from self-administered questionnaires from the principal and the lead health education teacher at each sampled school. In 2012, 45 states, 18 large urban school districts, and 4 territories obtained weighted data. Weighted data means that at least 70% of the principals or lead health education teachers in the sample completed the survey. Weighted data represent the state, school district, or territory, whereas unweighted data represent only the schools that completed the questionnaire.

Response Rates and Sample Size: 

Among states, the average number of principals participating was 249 with response rates ranging from 70% to 92%; among school districts, the average number of principals participating was 63, with response rates ranging from 70% to 100%. Among states, the average number of teachers participating was 247, with response rates ranging from 70% to 85%; among school districts, the average number of teachers participating was 60, with response rates ranging from 71% to 98%.

Interpretation Issues: 
N/A
References: 

Demissie Z, Brener ND, McManus T, Shanklin SL, Hawkins J, Kann L. School Health Profiles 2012: Characteristics of Health Programs Among Secondary Schools. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2013.