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COORDINATED SCHOOL HEALTH (CSH)/Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model

School district policies and administrative support are essential to sustaining programs and activities that remove barriers to learning. In Florida, the Departments of Education (DOE) and Health (DOH) have benefited from a longstanding and formal agreement supporting efforts at the state, district and school levels to build a strong CSH/WSCC infrastructure.  These models employ the support of families, communities, and schools working together to improve student health and to increase learning capacity.


Since 2001, the Florida YRBS is conducted by the Florida Department of Health in collaboration with the Florida Department of Education and school districts statewide.

The YRBS is a random, anonymous, school-based survey of risk behaviors among public high school students in grades 9 through 12. The survey monitors health-risk behavior prevalence in key target areas. The YRBS provides school districts and their community partners with data that identify the most critical issues and needs of Florida’s public high school students. Data are also used to assist with planning programs and other systems to best meet the needs of Florida’s diverse student population.


Florida’s public schools are organized in to 67 school districts, one in each county. Each of the districts has a large degree of autonomy in making decisions that impact student health and education. Each school district is governed by its school board and superintendent and is advised by a School Health Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from the eight component areas of the Coordinated School Health Model as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and as stated in section 381.0056(4)(b), Florida Statutes. Florida’s diverse school districts have led to considerable variation in health and physical education curricula and instruction, as well as school policies and practices.


More information about the Florida YRBS and additional publications can be found on the Florida Department of Health’s website at www.floridahealth.gov/yrbs. National, state, and selected local YRBS data are available on CDC’s website at cdc.gov/YRBS.


Percentage The percentages presented in the Florida YRBS 2019 Data Book are an estimated representation of the population. The percentages are rounded and may not always add up to 100%.


Statistical Significance A statistically significant result is a result that is not attributed to chance and is usually associated with data differences. Although differences in some prevalence data may appear large, that does not always mean they are statistically significant. Under the ‘Florida YRBS 2019 Data Highlights’ sections, data trends and demographic differences noted are statistically significant.


Demographics Demographic data include gender, race, and ethnicity. Non-Hispanic blacks and non-Hispanic whites are labeled in the report as Black and White.

Florida Youth
Risk Behavior Survey Report

2019 YRBS



% of High School students who:

Rarely or never wore a seatbelt as a passenger

DECREASED, from 11.6% to 7.9%


Rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol

DECREASED, from 27.6% to 16.7%


Bullied on school property

INCREASED, from 13.4% to 14.9%


Did not go to school due to feeling unsafe

INCREASED, from 6.9% to 14.6%


Carried a weapon

DECREASED, from 17.3% to 12.7%


Participated in a physical fight

DECREASED, from 29.8% to 21.2%


% of High School students who:

Teased because someone thought they were gay, bisexual, or lesbian

INCREASED, from 9.4% to 10.8%


% of High School students who:

Drove when drinking alcohol

DECREASED, from 9.9% to 5.6%


Experienced physical dating violence

DECREASED, from 9.9% to 8.9%


Experienced sexual dating violence

DECREASED, from 10.5% to 8.9%


*NOTE: Trends are statistically significant





% of High School students who:

Felt sad or hopeless for two or more weeks in a row

INCREASED, from 26.3 to 33.7%


Seriously considered attempting suicide

INCREASED, from 11.6% to 15.6%


Made a plan to attempt suicide

INCREASED, from 9.4% to 11.8%


Purposefully hurt themselves without wanting to die

INCREASED, from 13.9 to 15.8%


Attempted suicide

INCREASED, from 6.5% to 7.9%


Currently drink alcohol

DECREASED, from 40.5% to 26.1%


Currently use marijuana

DECREASED, from 21.4% to 19.6%


Ever used cocaine

DECREASED, from 6.9% to 4.1%


Ever had oral sex

DECREASED, from 45.4% to 34.7%


Ever had sexual intercourse

DECREASED, from 50.6% to 36.6%


Had sexual intercourse with four or more partners

DECREASED, from 16.6% to 9.4%


Used a condom during last sexual intercourse

DECREASED, from 65.1% to 58.5%


Did not use any method of prevention before last sexual intercourse

INCREASED, from 11.9% to 14.7%


% of High School students who:

Ever used prescription drugs not prescribed to them

INCREASED, from 11.2% to 13.9%


*NOTE: Trends are statistically significant




% of High School students who:

Are obese

INCREASED, from 10.3% to 14.0%


Described themselves as overweight

INCREASED, from 26.7% to 32.1%


Attempted to lose weight

INCREASED, from 41.5% to 46.1%


Consumed two or more servings of fruit per day

DECREASED, from 32.8% to 28.1%


Consumed a can, bottle, or glass of soda one or more times per day

DECREASED, from 28.6% to 16.8%


Played on at least one sports team

DECREASED, from 50.0% to 45.5%


Watched television three or more hours per day

DECREASED, from 38.2% to 22.0%


Played video or computer games or used a computer three or more hours per day for non-school purposes

INCREASED, 31.0% to 47.7%


% of High School students who:

Participated in physical activity at least 60 minutes per day 5 or more days a week

DECREASED, from 43.6% to 38.8%


*NOTE: Trends are statistically significant

The YRBS report was produced by the Public Health Research Unit, Florida Department of Health, for the Florida Department of Education's Office of Healthy Schools in cooperation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health.

Florida Department of Health 2019