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Healthy Youth Survey

The Healthy Youth Survey is a statewide, collaborative effort of OSPI, the Department of Health, the Department of Social and Health Service's Division of Behavioral and Health and Recovery, Family Policy Council, Department of Commerce, and Liquor Control Board.

The survey is conducted every two years. About 200,000 students from over 1,000 schools across the state completed the survey in October 2012. Results are located on

What it measures
The survey measures health risk behaviors that contribute to morbidity, mortality, and social problems among youth in Washington state. These behaviors include alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, behaviors that result in unintentional and intentional injuries (e.g., violence), dietary behaviors, physical activity, and related risk and protective factors.

How it informs
The survey results are an important source of needs-assessment data for school districts, community-based organizations, local health and human service agencies, and state agencies. The results are used to monitor the health status of adolescents and track progress on state and federal education and health-related goals. HYS results help schools make evidence-based decisions that lead not only to positive academic outcomes, but also provides information that allows schools to identify conditions that impact student learning and the overall school climate.

Registration for 2014 HYS
Schools interested in participating in the 2014 survey must register online by June 30, 2014.

Schools in Washington state with students in grades 6, 8, 10, and/or 12 are eligible to participate. The survey takes only one class period to administer and student participation is completely voluntary and anonymous. Participation is free.

Principals must agree to follow the survey administration procedures:

  • The HYS must be administered during the week of October 13–17, 2014.
  • Send out an informational survey brochure to parents provided in the materials sent to schools prior to the survey administration.
  • Post information about the survey on the school Web site.
  • Inform students of the survey.
  • Place a copy of the survey in the school office for parent review.
  • Provide an alternative activity for those students that choose not to participate in the survey.
  • Correctional facilities are not eligible to participate based on Human Research Review rules.

Go to the registration page for further details and to sign up. The registration deadline is June 30, 2014. Download recruitment materials such as answers to frequently asked questions, an overview of each type of behavior covered by the survey and a statement of rationale for the inclusion of these items, details about using the survey data, and regional recruitment contacts.

General questions about HYS

Dixie Grunenfelder (OSPI)
(360) 725-4968

Kevin Beck (DOH)
(877) 497-7111 or

Registration questions

Susan Richardson (Rainier Theory)

Other supporting agencies

Stephen W. Smothers (DSHS/DBHR)
(360) 725-3767

Ramona Leber (Commerce)
(360) 725-3033

Mary Segawa (LCB)
(360) 664-1771


Ask HYS includes Fact Sheets, an interactive data query system called Q x Q Analysis, and a report archive.

Healthy Youth Survey

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