The Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University is partnering with the Houston Independent School District to conduct a health needs assessment of the district’s fourth through 12th grade students. The project seeks to understand the physical, emotional, behavioral, and social health needs of all HISD students, so changes can be made to support those children and their families.  

The Houston Endowment is funding this study, which was approved and supported by Superintendent Carranza. The project involves surveying students and parents using an online survey which takes ~10-15 minutes. The confidential, non-identifiable data will assist both individual schools and the district in identifying gaps, which will guide the appropriate allocation of resources and investments into improving child health in Houston.
If you have a child in the fourth or fifth grade, please CLICK HERE TO CONSENT to your child’s participation in this important survey.  Your child will take the survey during computer lab ancillary only if we receive parental consent. 
Additionally, we would appreciate all Kindergarten through fifth grade parents take the PARENT SURVEY.  
If you have any questions, you may contact Nurse Paula at or Laura Torgerson.