Preserve the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey
Last Friday, Joint Budget Committee (JBC) staff provided more information to the JBC members on the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS). On Monday, the JBC heard “comebacks” (where state departments are allowed to ask the Committee to reconsider one or more actions) from Office of State Planning Budget Director Henry Sobanet. One of these comebacks was in regards to preservation of the HKCS. The HKCS is an anonymous and voluntary survey, which is administered to students in grades 6-12 every two years. The HKCS produces the state’s most reliable source of information on health topics such as student safety in schools, mental health, physical activity, and tobacco and other substance use. Additionally, districts, local communities, nonprofits, and others rely on data provided by the HKCS to create programs and secure private grant funding to appropriately serve the needs of our kids.
The Children’s Campaign, in partnership with many other organizations, submitted this letter to JBC members in support of continuing the survey. As a data-driven organization, we feel strongly that Colorado must maintain valid and reliable data sources like the HKCS to inform services, programming and policy.