The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is applying for Strategy 1: School-Based Surveillance of the Promoting Adolescent Health through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention and School-Based Surveillance grant, per Funding Opportunity CDC-RFA-PS18-1807. ISDH will utilize this grant to support the school based surveillance program, specifically activities related to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and the School Health Profiles (Profiles), managed by a full-time School-based Surveillance Program Coordinator. School-based surveillance is necessary, as it serves as grounds to enhance Indiana school health and its overall health promotion programs by monitoring priority health-risk behaviors among adolescents, and by monitoring the system that affects those adolescent health-risk behaviors. This is the first year that ISDH is able to apply for the 5-year funding cycle and we hope to continue the trend of collecting weighted, representative data for the CDC through the implementation of YRBS and Profiles.
YRBS is a component of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), developed by the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). YRBS focuses on behaviors among youth causing the most important health problems, assesses how risk behaviors change over time, and provides nation-wide comparable data. Profiles is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments. Profiles surveys are conducted every two years by education and health agencies among middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers. Profiles used to be under the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), but recent changes in administration have merged Profiles with YRBS, under the category of surveillance efforts to reduce HIV/STD. In Indiana, weighted YRBS data has been collected since 2003, and weighted Profiles data has been collected since 2008.