Springfield, OH – The Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD) has released the results from the 2019 Clark County Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). Every two years, CCCHD partners with Clark County school districts to conduct the survey. The results provide data on middle and high school student behaviors and health risks. The survey includes questions related to thoughts of suicide, tobacco, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors, dietary behaviors and physical activity.
According to the report, there have been significant improvements made in several risk behavior areas in the past 10 years. A few highlights from the 2009 Clark County High School comparison report include:
• The percentage of students who reported having 5 drinks or more in row in the past 30 days (or binge drinking) has decreased by 17.5%.
• The percentage of students who reported trying a cigarette and has decreased by 24%.
Although there have been positive changes, there are still areas of concern surrounding the health behaviors of Clark County students. For example, the percentage of students who reported trying an electronic or vaping product is 45.8%. Although the question didn’t exist in the 2009 survey, this result is clearly concerning. To address this issue, CCCHD and our partners have been working with local school districts to implement vaping education and alternative to suspension classes for those caught vaping. CCCHD has also started a vaping task force for the county.
Clark County Health Commissioner, Charles Patterson summarized the report by stating, “Overall, the 2019 Clark County YRBS findings report that most Clark County students are making good choices about behaviors that affect their health and well-being. However, CCCHD recognizes that there is still work to be done. We are committed to working with schools and community partners to address the complicated health issues that face our young people and provide them with the best opportunities to make healthy choices”.
Full YRBS report, including the 2009 comparison report, can be found on the CCCHD website: http://www.ccchd.com/ccchd/get-smart/YRBS.html