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Overview of Student Health Status Survey

Introduction:

The Student Health Status & Risk Behavior Survey (Health Status Survey) has been conducted biennially since 2000 by the Health Resource Center (HRC). A cross-sectional, convenience sampling methodology was used in 2000, 2002 and 2004. These were self-administered, paper-based surveys completed in classrooms.

As of 2006 and 2008, cross-sectional, random surveys were conducted using an electronic mail approach. Enrollment Services provided the HRC with 15,000 randomly chosen email addresses in 2006 and 3,500 in 2008. The electronic surveys were self-administered. Measuring the trends in health status and risk behaviors among our students allows for appropriate planning of targeted health events and programs.

Understanding the overall health status and identifying risky behaviors among CSULB students are critical components of a student health center in order to better serve the needs of our students. Campus health needs assessments are a part of Standard 5 of American College Health Association’s Standards of Practice. Assessment of the “health status, needs, and assets” are a part of the “evidence-based practice” required of health promotion professionals (ACHA, 2008). The Healthy Campus 2010 goals set standards for college health with the aim of improving the health status of college students across the nation. A component of achieving this goal is to assess the needs, risk behaviors and status of students. (ACHA, 2008).

Study Purposes:

  1. To evaluate health status and risk behaviors of CSULB students.
  2. Outcomes are compared to prior study years and to national data.

Study Design:

This was a cross-sectional, random survey conducted using an electronic mail approach. The survey was considered anonymous because no identifying information was provided when the responses were collected by Survey Share.com. CSULB IRB approved the study design on July 14, 2008.

Study Procedure

Survey Share.com was used for the purposes of survey development. The survey was in compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) Section 508 requirements, as requested by the IRB. Enrollment Services provided the HRC with 3,500 randomly chosen email addresses. An initial invitation (informed consent) and one reminder email were sent to the 3500 students with a link to the survey for completion (October 1 and 6, 2008). The electronic surveys were self-administered.