Adolescent Health & Surveillance

Goal: To monitor health behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth in Cuyahoga County

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a cross-sectional tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track adolescent risk behavior over time. This information is critical to collect at the local level in order to compare the risk behaviors of local teens with those of teens in other communities in Ohio as well as with those behaviors in other urban communities across the country.

The PRCHN conducts the surveillance portions of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) Responsible Sexual Behavior program through funding from CDC- Division of Adolescent Health (CDC-DASH). The PRCHN administers the YRBS in CMSD high schools in odd number years and collects  School Health Profiles in even-numbered years. 

The PRCHN is the external evaluator of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s (CCBH) Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program. The program provides evidence-based human sexuality programming in a classroom setting to sixth grade through high school students in local school districts and at community organizations. 

Local YRBS findings served as a call to action to explore the mental health needs of adolescent LatinX/Hispanic community.