The Health Department and the Vermont Agency of Education sponsor the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The YRBS was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disease, injury and social problems among middle and high school students. We share this public health data with schools and communities to promote response to decrease risk behaviors.
We encourage schools to use YRBS data to make decisions about how to support student health. One way to do this is the Getting to Y program, which is an opportunity for students to take a lead in bringing meaning to their own Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, and to take steps to strengthen their school and community.
We help schools use their YRBS data to plan and implement wellness policies, procedures, and practices. This ensures initiatives are data-informed and resources are focused on issues and populations with the greatest need.
Getting to 'Y'
We collaborate with local schools in the Getting to 'Y' initiative. Getting to ‘Y’ is an opportunity for students to take a lead in bringing meaning to their own Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, and to take steps to strengthen their school and community. Lowell Elementary School has participated in Getting to ‘Y’ for two consecutive years. Their first Community Dialogue Night in 2015 engaged school board members, law enforcement, local coalitions, and Health Department staff, as well as other members of the community. We support local schools with engagement in Getting to ‘Y’ by providing data resources, updates on local and state legislation, as well as connections to other community partners pertinent to the strengths and challenges identified by the students. This year Lowell students opted to plan and carry out a Healthy Choices Fair for all the students in the school.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey by Supervisory Union