WHAT IS THE MICHIGAN PROFILE FOR HEALTHY YOUTH SURVEY (MIPHY)?
Every two years Manchester Middle and High School participate in the Michigan Profiles for Healthy Youth Survey supported by the Michigan Departments of Education and Community Health. This research survey will ask about the health behaviors of 7th, 9th, and 11th grade students. The survey is ANONYMOUS and asks about behavior and attitudes related to nutrition, physical activity, injuries, tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. It also asks about sexual behaviors that can cause pregnancy, and are associated with sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS. Go to the Michigan Departments of Education and Community Health MiPHY Website to learn more.
Why is the MiPHY important to Manchester?
One important way MiPHY data is utilized is in grant applications to bring in funding for local programs that address school and community health improvement initiatives. Data is used to help identify priority issues in Manchester and appropriate ways to positively intervene.
Local Programs that use MiPHY Data include; Healthy Chefs, SRSLY Manchester Coalition, Schools Using Coordinating Community Efforts to Strengthen Students (Project SUCCESS), Towards No Tobacco Use (Project TNT), Manchester Shared Use Trail, Manchester Wellness Center - Expanded Programing and Walking/Bicycling Initiatives, Complete Streets, Fuel Up to Play 60, Kirk Park Project, Body Image Project, Manchester School District: Reproductive Health Committee, District School Improvement Committee, Curriculum Instruction and Achievement Team.
Talk to your child about the importance of taking the MiPHY and other surveys seriously.
You likely talk to your child about the importance of answering their doctor’s questions honestly so she/he can surmise the appropriate treatments. This is the same with surveys like the MiPHY, but on a larger scale. Every community is unique and surveys like these help us identify which areas may need extra attention and help us choose the best ways to help.