In 2015, a partnership between all 10 public school districts in Marathon County, the Marathon County Health Department, and the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (School of Health Care Professions) resulted in the creation of the first ever Marathon County-wide Youth Risk Behavior Survey aggregate data set.
The Wisconsin Online Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is conducted as part of a national effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to monitor health-risk behaviors of the nation’s high school students. These behaviors, in turn, result in the most significant causes of both mortality and morbidity during youth and adulthood. The behaviors monitored by the Wisconsin YRBS include traffic safety; weapons and violence; suicide; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behavior; and diet, nutrition, and exercise.
Marathon County Teen is a documentary video series based on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey that highlights what life is like for teens living in Marathon County. The interviews and stories feature Marathon County students in Marathon County school districts.
These students share their authentic, honest voices, without interference, about the challenges they face, the ideas they have, and how they approach the many complex facets of their high school lives.
It’s now up to us to listen.
This project was made possible by:
Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital
Marshfield Clinic Health System
Marathon County Health Department
Prevent Suicide Marathon County
Marathon Co. Teen was created by:
Laura H. Hunt
Unspecified Services, LLC.