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In writing competitive proposals to win grants to prevent substance abuse and/or to encourage lifelong healthful habits among students in grades K-12, many types of data are useful.

Here I sort several of types of data by topic: nutrition, physical activity, pregnancy, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, domestic violence, school violence, and suicide. I indicate the specific types of useful data by N (for number) and % (for percent).

Nutrition:

  1. N and % eat 3 or more servings of fruits/vegetables in past 7 days by school site
  2. N and % drink 3 or more servings of sugary beverages in past 7 days by school site

Physical Activity:

  1. N and % engage in half hour or more of moderate physical activity on 3 or more of past 7 days, by school site and by district
  2. N and % engage in half hour or more of vigorous physical activity on 3 or more of past 7 days, by school site and by district
  3. N and % engage in no moderate or vigorous physical activity in past 7 days, by school site and by district

Pregnancy:

  1. N and % pregnant among enrolled females aged 15-19 years (teen pregnancy rate), by district
  2. N and % of all students enrolled in programs for pregnant and/or parenting teens, by district

Tobacco:

  1. N and % report any tobacco use in past 30 days, by grade level, by school site, and by district
  2. N and % suspensions or expulsions for tobacco infractions, by school site, and by district

Alcohol:

  1. N and % any alcohol use in past 30 days, by grade level, by school site, and by district
  2. N and % binge drinking within the last 30 days, by grade level, by school site, and by district
  3. N and % have been drunk or high in school, by grade level, by school site, and by district
  4. N and % of juvenile arrests for DUI, by district or community
  5. N and % of juvenile arrests for violations of state liquor laws, by district or community
  6. N and % suspensions or expulsions for alcohol infractions, by school site and by district

Drugs:

  1. N and % used marijuana in past 30 days, by grade level, by school site, and by district
  2. N and % misuse of prescription drugs (controlled substances) in past 30 days, by grade level, by school site, and by district
  3. N and % have sold illegal drugs in past 30 days, by grade level, by school site, and by district
  4. N and % of juvenile arrests for drug abuse violations, by district or community
  5. N and % suspensions or expulsions for drug infractions, by school site and by district

Domestic Violence:

  1. N and % (rate) of reported rape (or violent sexual assault) by community
  2. N and % (rate) of reported domestic assaults (or domestic violence) by community

School Violence:

  1. N and % have attacked someone with the intent to cause serious harm, by grade level, by school site, and by district
  2. N and % feeling unsafe at school, by grade level, by school site, and by district
  3. N and % suspensions or expulsions for fighting, by school site and by district
  4. N and % suspensions or expulsions for disorderly conduct, by school site and by district
  5. N and % suspensions or expulsions for harassment or bullying, by school site and by district
  6. N and % suspensions or expulsions for assault and/or battery, by school site and by district

Suicides:

  1. N and % suicide deaths of persons aged 10 and older (suicide rate), by district or community
  2. N and % suicide conation or suicide plans in past 30 days, by school site and by district
  3. N and % suicide attempts in past 30 days, by school site and by district

Without adequate and appropriate data to articulate problems, establish needs, and frame objectives, it is hard to persuade reviewers to award significant grants for school-based health.

Later posts will dive deeper into types and sources of data helpful in winning grants.

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