CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and School Health Profiles (SHP)

  • The CDC surveys below provide data on health education and services provided by schools and health practices that youth engage in. Together the data offers opportunities for those working in schools to support both academic success and improved health outcomes for youth. The Center administers both surveys for the CDC on behalf of the NYS Education Department in opposite years. School Health Profile Survey collection is currently in process for 2020. 

    Links Between Health and Academics - Why SHP and YRBS Data Matters to Schools
    CDC data from the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) shows that students with higher grades are less likely than their peers with lower grades to participate in certain risk behaviors. This data can show the need for funding, training, prevention programs, and raise awareness of health issues.

    CDC School Health Profile (SHP) Information and Resources
    The School Health Profiles (Profiles) assess school health policies and practices in states, urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments. It is conducted every 2 years. Middle and high school principals and the lead health education teachers complete a self-administered questionnaire at each sampled school. Data from individual schools is kept confidential. To view the NYS SHP page with information for schools click here.

    CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Information and Resources
    The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) also called the YRBS, is a nationwide survey that monitors students' health risks and behaviors related to weight and diet, physical activity, injury and violence, tobacco use, alcohol, and other drug use, and sexual behaviors. It also monitors the prevalence of obesity and asthma. It is conducted every two years for students in grades 9–12. Data from individual students and schools is kept confidential. To view the NYS YRBS page with information for schools, parents and guardians click here. 

    NYSCSH Survey Questions & Answers

    NYSCSH Facts about the Youth Risk Behaviors Survey (YRBS) and School Health Profiles (SHP) survey

    Additional Surveillance Studies

    Page Updated 5/23/23