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Youth Risk Behavior Survey

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    Jacksonville, FL 32211 


Youth Risk Behavior Survey 

The overall health and welfare of our students is of the utmost concern to everyone in Jacksonville. Recognizing that engaging in risky behaviors prevents students from reaching their full academic potential, Duval County Public Schools, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval), administers the YRBS through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The YRBS monitors priority health-risk behavior among middle and high school students. These high-risk behaviors include:

  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use
  • Physical inactivity
  • Sexual behaviors that contributed to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV infection
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  • Unintentional injuries and violence 

The YRBS is a self-administered, anonymous, and confidential school-based survey, which is conducted by the CDC at the national, state, and local level in the odd years. Parental notification is utilized. The YRBS data is important as it helps to reveal the prevalence of youth risk factors that the community as a whole must work collaboratively to address. CDC research indicates that academic success of students is strongly linked to their health.

The first county-level administration of the YRBS in Duval County was in April 2009. One hundred percent (100%) of the middle and high schools participated allowing for the attainment of weighted data. DCPS sub-contracts with DOH-Duval to provide sub-county level data analysis via the six health zones. The six health zones are based on mutually exclusive zip codes tied to county organization and demographics. The health zones were created to increase the statistical reliability of zip code data to allow for more targeted program planning, practical surveillance of health indicators, and to comply with confidentiality requirements. The geographic analysis of the YRBS data intends to inform data-driven decision-making and policy changes, a targeted approach to programming, and effective allocation of resources. In 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 the Superintendent and the Director of DOH-Duval hosted a forum that was attended by many school and community stakeholders, including city council representatives and school board members. The YRBS data was presented and followed by a “Community Call to Action.” The data from the second administration provides us the first opportunity to look at local trends.