The Iowa Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and the School Health Profiles Proposal for Component 1 provides an opportunity to strengthen and increase cross-cutting public health surveillance activities focused on school-aged populations and educators by the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Health-risk behaviors often are established during childhood and adolescence and extend into adulthood. The YRBS and School Health Profiles monitor priority health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among youth, including: behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; sexual behaviors; tobacco, alcohol and other drug use; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity. In addition, YRBS monitors the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth. The School Health Profiles explore school health policies and practices by monitoring the current status of: Health education requirements and content; physical education and physical activity; practices related to bullying and sexual harassment; policies related to tobacco-use prevention and nutrition; school-based health services; family engagement and community involvement; and school health coordination. A representative sample of students, schools, and school districts will be randomly selected for participation.
In Iowa, the YRBS and School Health Profiles survey data will be used to describe student behaviors and school health policies and practices, inform professional development, plan and monitor programs, support health-related policies, seek funding, and garner support for future surveys. It will be administered and managed through internal and external partnerships to ensure appropriate and impactful use.