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Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey
INFORMATIONAL LETTER: 10
TO: Superintendents of Schools and school principals
The Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to announce the creation of a biennial survey that combines the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), Maine Youth Drug and Alcohol Survey (MYDAUS), Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS), and Child Health Survey (CHS). We are delighted to report that Pan Atlantic SMS Group will be the contractor for the 2009 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS). Pan Atlantic has a long track record with school surveys and has administered the YRBS for the past 20 years, the MYDAUS for the past 10 years, and the YTS for the past 6 years. In addition, they have a proven ability to ensure school confidentiality and protect student anonymity.
Responding to your request for fewer and shorter student surveys, this survey will replace ALL previous surveys and be delivered in odd years beginning in 2009.
The goal of this survey is to better understand risk behaviors specific to Maine youth. A continued longitudinal study can estimate whether the prevalence of the various risk behaviors is increasing, decreasing, or remains the same. These behaviors affect the success of Maine youth in attaining the Maine Learning Results.
As in the past, all surveys are anonymous.
For more information please contact Jean Zimmerman at 207-624-6687 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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