Study Looks At Students’ Health And Issues

A representative for Communities that Care, a program administered by Northwest Colorado Health in Craig, presented the results from a study at the Moffat County Commissioners meeting yesterday, which looked at the health, and other areas of concern regarding Moffat County students. The study found areas for improvement, but also areas where students in the county are exceeding their national counterparts. The dropout rate in Moffat County is lower than the national average of 2.3%, standing at 1.7%. The study also found students in the area feel they have more opportunities for pro-social involvement than the average student in the nation. Pro-social involvement activities include things like sports opportunities and teen events. However, the study found the depression rate in Moffat County is much higher than the national average, with 56% of 10th grade students reporting symptoms of depression. Moffat County students also have a lower commitment to school than the average student in the U.S., and they are more likely to perceive drugs and alcohol as not being threatening to their health. Now that these problem areas have been identified, Communities that Care will now explore resource opportunities in the county to combat these issues.



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