October 26, 2022
Public Health/Prevention
  • Three states will no longer participate in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) surveys. The surveys are the nation’s largest public effort to track concerning behaviors in high school students and help illuminate high school students’ mental health stressors and safety risks. However, they also contain questions about sexual activity, drug use, and gender identity which clash with laws that have been passed in the three states – California, Idaho, and Florida. Their withdrawal will hinder their ability to track the conditions and behaviors that signal poor health. (Article here)