Iowa Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Iowa Public Health Data

Youth Risk Behavior Survey - Iowa Youth Survey - School Health Profiles


2021 Data Reports Available Spring-Fall 2022

Find 2021 reports as they become available here:

Released April 2022: 2021 Iowa Youth Survey State Report

Released March 2022: 2021 Iowa Youth Survey Special Topics Report: Mental Health Findings


Program Overview

Created in 2019, the Iowa Youth Health Assessment Program administers three surveys related to student health. Together these surveys provide necessary data for state and community stakeholders to make data-driven funding, policy and program decisions. The surveys are: the Iowa Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), Iowa Youth Survey (IYS), and School Health Profiles.

Administered every two years, the Iowa Youth Survey and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey are the most frequently used sources of data on key behaviors impacting youth health in Iowa. Data are used at the school, county, state, and national levels to inform policy and funding, to develop program strategy, and for surveillance and research purposes.

?Questions? Please contact us at iowayouthsurvey@idph.iowa.gov

Data for Health Equity

The Iowa Youth Health Assessment Program is committed to promoting health equity by collecting, stratifying and disseminating data that identify disparities, help set priorities and contribute to improved health outcomes for all young people living in Iowa. Please see YRBS and IYS data reports and infographics below for current information on health disparities experienced by subpopulations of Iowa youth.


Iowa Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

What is the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)?

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded project that was developed in 1990 to monitor a selection of youth health behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability. These behaviors are often developed during childhood and adolescence. The Iowa Youth Risk Behavior Survey is administered to 9th through 12th grade students in a randomly selected sample of Iowa high schools in odd calendar years. The YRBS assists the Iowa Department of Public Health with understanding youth behaviors that relate to:

  • Injuries
  • Violence
  • Mental Health and Suicide
  • Unintended Pregnancy
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (Including HIV)
  • Alcohol and Drug Use
  • Tobacco Use
  • Dietary Behaviors
  • Physical Activity
  • Obesity
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) (2021 only)

After multiple years of being administered by the Iowa Department of Education, the survey became incorporated into the work of the Iowa Department of Public Health's Bureau of Public Health Performance in 2018.

Where can I find Iowa Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data?

Data reports from the fall 2021 Iowa YRBS will be available in fall 2022.
2019 YRBS

A video report of the 2019 Iowa Youth Risk Behavior Survey can be viewed at the IDPH YouTube channel. 

Data from the 2019 Iowa Youth Risk Behavior Survey can be found below.

National YRBS and states data from 2019 can be found through the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System webpage.

2017 YRBS and previous

Data from previous administrations of the Iowa Youth Risk Behavior Survey can be found here.

Where can I find more information about the Iowa Youth Risk Behavior Survey?

More information can be found on the CDC's webpage here. You can also review the materials below:


Iowa Youth Survey (IYS)

What is the Iowa Youth Survey?

For more than two decades, the IYS has provided data on priority health behaviors and experiences among 6th, 8th, and 11th graders. Conducted biennially, the IYS provides data by county, AEA region, judicial district, substance abuse prevention and treatment planning region, and at the state level. Participating schools receive a district-level report. To access all resources related to the Iowa Youth Survey, go to the Iowa Youth Survey program web page.

Released March 2022: 2021 Iowa Youth Survey Special Topics Report: Mental Health Findings


Iowa School Health Profiles

What is the School Health Profiles (Profiles)?

The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices. Profiles surveys are conducted biennially, in the spring of even numbered years, among middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers. Profiles monitors the current status of:

• School health education requirements and content

• Physical education and physical activity

• Practices related to bullying and sexual harassment

• School health policies related to tobacco-use prevention and nutrition

• School-based health services

• Family engagement and community involvement

• School health coordination

The 2020 Iowa School Health Profiles reports can be found below. The data is weighted to be representative of Iowa public school districts across the state. Click the image to open the reports.

2020 Weighted Iowa Principal Survey Results                2021 Weighted Iowa Lead Health Teacher Survey Results

2020 Iowa School Health Profiles Report Weighted Principal Survey Results      2020 Iowa School Health Profiles Report Weighted Lead Health Education Teacher Survey Results


                       2019 Iowa YRBS Youth Health Behavior Highlights        2019 Iowa YRBS Health Disparities in Male Students        2019 Iowa YRBS Health Disparities in Female Students       2019 Iowa YRBS Health Behavior Highlights in Latinx/Hispanic Youth        2019 Iowa YRBS Health Disparities in Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Youth      2019 Iowa YRBS Highlights Adolescent Sexual Health  2014-2018 Iowa Youth Survey Youth Mental Health Disparities & Trends    2018 Iowa Youth Survey Youth Mental Health Female Racial Disparities