Knox County Tennessee

KCHD releases Middle School Youth Risk Behavior Survey

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The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has released the latest Knox County Middle School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (MS-YRBS), which is designed to track behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among middle school-age youth. Following the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention model, the survey focuses on issues such as self-harm and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, and weight control and diet. Typically conducted in some states and U.S. territories, Knox County is among a small number of counties and municipalities who conduct their own MS-YRBS.

“To effectively respond to the health needs of our community, we must have a deep understanding of the local challenges we face,” said KCHD Senior Director Dr. Martha Buchanan. “This report helps us and our partners discover important patterns and health trends, and it serves as a call to action for the community to engage in improving the health of all our children.”

Several of the findings included in the analysis reflect improving outcomes, such as a decline in more traditional forms of tobacco use, including cigarettes and cigars, and an increase in seatbelt use. However, several of the findings are concerning, especially regarding thoughts of suicide and suicide attempts, electronic vapor product use, misuse of prescription pain medication, and the percentage of students who consider themselves overweight.

“This important information gives us insight into some of the social challenges that face our students,” Superintendent Bob Thomas said. “We are in a unique position to positively affect student well-being and this data helps us to better address these issues.”

The Knox County report is the result of a joint effort by KCHD and Knox County Schools with support from Metro Drug Coalition. The next Knox County YRBS will be based on input from high school students; these two age groups are assessed in alternate years. The YRBS reports are designed to assist local agencies in planning and policy formation to improve overall health in the county, especially the health of adolescents. Click here to access a PDF of the 2018 MS-YRBS.

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Knox County Tennessee - Health Department

Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Please Note:

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.
On the third Wednesday of every month, KCHD clinics (Women's Health, COE, CDC, Dental, TIC, Immunizations, COVID clinic and West) are closed in the morning for staff clinical education. On these days, the main location will open at 10 a.m. and the West Clinic will open at 10:30 a.m.
*All other offices will open at 8 a.m.

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1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

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