Emerging Adults Survey Project

Researching and analyzing the health behaviors, self-perceptions of health, healthcare utilization, and health engagement among students from three post-secondary educational institutions to improve health outcomes, health self-engagement, and utilization of health programs in institutional settings

The Social Determinants and Health Behaviors Associated with Patient Engagement in Emerging Adults Survey Project was a longitudinal study that began in 2016 and concluded in 2020. The project was a collaboration between the Duke Center for Personalized Health Care, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and Durham Technical Community College (Durham Tech).

From 2016 to 2019, an electronic health survey questionnaire was administered to students from the three educational institutions. The questions cover topic areas such as: current physical and mental health status, physical activity, diet and nutrition, health risk behavior, health self-management, health engagement, academics, social isolation, mindfulness, spirituality, and discrimination.

In 2017, the Center was awarded Population Health Improvement Pilot Award from the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). This award allowed the project to further evaluate the collected survey data to identify pathways in which post-secondary educational institutions may improve the population level health outcomes of their unique student populations through evidence based interventions (EBIs) and programs.

The final 2019-2020 institutional reports on data collected for the Health Engagement in Emerging Adulthood project can be downloaded below.