PHAST students with STYH Survey Committee Co-Chair, Susan Frazier-Kouassi.

PHAST students with STYH Survey Committee Co-Chair, Susan Frazier-Kouassi.

This past weekend, students from the Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST) helped kick off the 2013 Speak To Your Health! (STYH) Community Survey in Genesee County.  Seven students from University of Michigan School of Public Health and University of Mississippi were stationed at multiple sites around Flint over a span of three days including the Flint Public Library and the Flint Farmer’s Market. At each site, they administered written surveys to community members and distributed fliers with more information and a web link to the survey. Data collection will continue for the next few months with the goal of gathering 1,800 Genesee County residents’ responses. UM-Flint students will help to continue promoting the survey at local community events, including the upcoming Healthy Halloween event.

The 2013 edition of the STYH Survey is very similar to the 2011 version so the data will be helpful in identifying trends and changes in health behaviors and attitudes. The STYH Survey Committee added an additional question regarding the Affordable Care Act and also expanded the questions about smoking and tobacco use to include electronic cigarette use.

For more information about the 2013 STYH survey, see the Genesee County Health Department press release.