School Health Profiles

What is the “School Health Profiles?”

In collaboration with state and local education and health agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the School Health Profiles (Profiles) to measure the implementation of school policies and practices that help improve the health of school-aged youth.  Profiles has been conducted since 1996 in most states in the U.S., principals and lead health education teachers in middle and high schools complete the surveys. 

Profiles helps monitor characteristics and trends in school health education; physical education and physical activity; practices related to bullying and sexual harassment; school health policies related to tobacco-use prevention and nutrition; school-based health services; family engagement and community involvement; and school health coordination.

In New Mexico, a sample of schools is included in the survey to produce a representative sample of public schools that serve students in grades 6 through 12. The principals and lead health education teachers complete the survey online in January or February of even years

How is the “School Health Profiles” survey administered?

The School Health Profiles (Profiles) survey is administered in January and February in even years.  The principals and lead health education teachers of selected middle and high schools complete the survey online.  Completing the survey is voluntary, but it is not anonymous—all responses are associated with a particular school.