The EXPLORE HCC workshops were funded in part by OSHPD who required both pre and post surveys. The survey questions are listed below with corresponding responses. These questions were designed to evaluate student pre and post knowledge of healthcare careers and the ability of the student to seek basic medical and mental/ behavioral health services.
a. Survey Design
Google Forms was used to create an online form and repository for all pre and post data collection. The initial Google Forms access was created by Mr. Ben Howell, Principal at Sonora High School, but subsequently managed by Dr. Stacey Hoffmann and Dr. S. Todd Stolp, members of the HealthLitNow team. Approximately 850 7 th – 9 th grade students from 13 Tuolumne County schools attended the workshops. Schools participating in EXPLORE HCC workshops returned 638 pre and post surveys representing 75% of the total estimated students attending.
b. Survey results
The survey consisted of 10 questions. The following is the tabulation of the results of each question,
- Are you interested in working at a job in a health field some day?
□ Yes □ No
If so, what health-related jobs interest you?
- Would you be the first person in your immediate family to attend college or a school for a health career?
- How confident are you in your ability to complete the application process to attend a school after high school for a health career?
- How would you rate your understanding of how to stay healthy and what to do when you are sick?
- How comfortable would you be with accessing county mental health services if you were experiencing a mental health issue?
- How would you rate your understanding of the range of jobs available in healthcare?
- How interested are you in working as a mental health provider?
- How interested are you in working as a primary care provider?
- How interested are you in serving in a medically underserved area? If you answered “not interested at all” to question #7 or #8 skip this question.
- How aware are you of financial aid programs available to Californians interested in mental health and other primary health care careers in medically underserved areas? If you answered “not interested at all” to question #7 or #8 skip this question.