Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: The Adolescent Health Needs Assessment through the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services show mental and physical health trends among Columbia's youth. In fall 2010, the department surveyed and put together focus groups of students in grades nine through 12.
Why you'd want the records: The assessment results give a well-rounded view of teen health and opinions on health in the area. It charts out teen opinions on violence, substance abuse and mental and reproductive health, and it compares findings in Columbia to national numbers. Depression, drug use and sleep deprivation among Columbia's youth, are among the topics outlined, and the findings could be a good resource for starting a discussion with your teen.
Where you get the records: Visit the health department's website at gocolumbiamo.com/heath. Scroll to the middle of the page to the Adolescent Health Needs Assessment and click where it reads "Click here for the complete version of the Adolescent Health Needs Assessment." This will allow you to download a PDF version to your computer.
How much it will cost: The information is free.