Project Abstract Summary
The five-year goals for this project are: 1) to monitor priority health-risk behaviors that put Georgia’s youth at risk for the leading causes of morbidity, mortality, and social problems; and, 2) to understand the impact of Georgia’s school policies and practices on our youth. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education (DOE), will conduct, monitor, analyze, and disseminate, in even years (2020 and 2022), the Georgia School Health Profiles survey (Profiles) among sampled principals and lead health education teachers and, in odd years (2019, 2021, and 2023), the Georgia Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) among a representative sample of students enrolled in public middle school and high schools, statewide.
Data from the Georgia Profiles and YRBS will be used for planning, revising, and evaluating various public health programs implemented by the DPH and DOE, such as: School Health, the Physical Activity and Nutrition Initiative, Adolescent Health and Youth Development, Tobacco, Injury Prevention, DOE Safe and Drug-Free Schools, STD/HIV, and other prevention programs. Data will also be used to identify and assess key performance measures and to secure other cooperative agreement funds.