In 2009, the Gloucester Health Department in partnership with the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative and Gloucester Public Schools commissioned Social Science Research and Evaluation, Inc. of Burlington Mass, to create the Student Health Needs Survey for middle to high school-aged youth in Gloucester.
The questions and resulting information focused on the following areas:
- Substance Use
- Violence and Safety
- Mental Health
- Physical Health
A series of bar graphs were developed in order to help residents and professionals alike to understand the multiple layers of complexity that surround the issues affecting the physical and emotional health of Gloucester youth.