It is the intent of the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) to seek funding for Component 1: School-Based Surveillance to promote adolescent HIV, STD, and teen pregnancy prevention in Nebraska (NE).
Since the 1990’s YRBS and Profiles data have been used to describe risk behaviors of Nebraska adolescents and NE school health policies, programs, and activities. Survey data has also been used to inform professional development, plan and monitor programs, support health-related policies and regulations, seek funding on various levels—national, state, and local, and garner support for future YRBS and Profiles surveys. Given that the YRBS is the only school-based surveillance system to monitor all six priority health risk behaviors among students in Nebraska, and the Profiles is the only surveillance system to monitor how well schools are addressing these priority health-risk behaviors in Nebraska, their continuation is of utmost importance to improve health-related policies, programs, and activities for youth. Funding for the grant in the amount of $67,500 will allow NDE to continue to administer the YRBS and the Profiles, assist in acquiring weighted data, and utilize the findings to inform health education, programs, and policy decisions and to address the serious and growing health risks among Nebraska adolescents and the declining health programs and services in Nebraska public schools.