Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health
South Dakota Department of Health

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in collaboration with representatives from state and local departments of education and health, other federal agencies, and national education and health organizations to monitor six priority health risk behaviors:

  • behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  • sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection
  • alcohol and other drug use
  • tobacco use
  • unhealthy dietary behaviors
  • inadequate physical activity.

The YRBS is conducted every two years in South Dakota. A random sampling of all public, private and Bureau of Indian Education schools containing any students in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 is eligible to be selected for inclusion in the survey. Since 1991 the South Dakota Department of Education has conducted the YRBS in collaboration with multiple state agencies, including the Department of Health, and with South Dakota’s school administrators, school principals, teachers, parents, and students. In August 2013, the Department of Health was awarded funding to continue administering the YRBS in South Dakota. The Departments of Health and Education will continue to work in cooperation to administer the YRBS survey.

YRBS Reports



Virginia Peterson
YRBS Coordinator

South Dakota Department of Health

Office of Health Statistics

615 E. 4th St.

Pierre, SD 57501-1700

Phone: 605.773.3365

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