Project Abstract – Maryland
Health behaviors occurring during adolescence often set the stage for health practices in adulthood. Specific risk behaviors experienced during adolescence often have life-long negative effects. Component 1 of this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant will allow the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to continue the work begun with previous CDC grants to strengthen the processes and procedures to collect, analyze, and report on adolescent risk behaviors and school health education practices and procedures. These data collections will support efforts to guide policies and procedures for healthy behaviors among school-age youth in Maryland.
The purpose of submission by the MSDE for Component 1 of the CDC grant is to obtain funding to continue to support the two Maryland surveys that provide biennial information about a variety of health risk behaviors and educational practices for students in middle and high schools. The mechanism for this information gathering is through the administration and analysis of both the YRBS/YTS and the Profiles. The data analysis from the survey results is to be used to guide policy development and program planning in Maryland’s local school and local health systems and serves to determine technical assistance and professional development initiatives for the State. Survey development and administration is a collaborative process with the MSDE and the MDH.