Delaware School Health Profiles

Roberta Gealt, Principal Investigator

Initiated: 2004

Funding Source:
Secondary School Survey--Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health through the Delaware Department of Education;
Elementary School Survey— Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health through the Delaware Department of Educationand Nemours Health Prevention Services.

Project Summary:

The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments. Profiles are completed biennially by middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers. The secondary school survey has been administered every other year in even-numbered years. The Center develops the Delaware version of the survey, based on a CDC survey, with input from state and community agencies. CDAS has conducted fieldwork for the surveys, scanned the surveys to provide a data set, and provided some analyses and report writing, and dissemination of findings. The study reports data which relates to other Center studies on substance abuse, and provides statewide data on health instruction, policies and practice in schools, as well as professional development for health instructors in specific areas relating to CDC priorities also addressed in the student survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The secondary school survey has been conducted since 2004and the elementary survey, which is administered to principals only, was administered for the first time in 2010. These surveys are now conducted electronically. The basic CDC elementary school survey has been enhanced with additional questions consistent with the goals of Nemours.