Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Funded by Emerson Hospital as part of its Community Benefits Program, this survey helps us understand the health issues faced by public school students in our region. It is coordinated by Market Street Research in Northampton, Mass., and has been conducted every two years since 2001.

The voluntary survey is administered to more than 11,000 public school students in grades 6, 8 and 9 through 12 in nine school districts. These include Acton-Boxborough, Ayer-Shirley, Concord and Concord-Carlisle, Groton-Dunstable, Harvard, Littleton, Maynard, Nashoba Regional, and Westford public schools.

The survey committee, composed of health educators from the respective school districts, regularly updates the survey questions to reflect relevant current topics.

The findings are shared with health coordinators and top public school administrators, and are used to set school health and health promotion goals, and support modifications of school health curricula or other programs.