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New Mexico Youth
Risk and Resiliency Survey

We are part of the CDC Youth Risk Behavior
Surveillance System (YRBSS). We assess the health risk behaviors and resiliency factors of
New Mexico high school and middle school students. View some of our results!

Alcohol Use
Alcohol use and related behaviors

Alcohol is the most commonly used and misused drug by youth in the United States. Youth who drink alcohol before age 15 are six times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or misuse later in life than those who begin drinking at age 21 or older.

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School Health Profiles

From January through May in even-numbered years, we collect data from a sample of lead health educators and middle and high school principals to assess school health policies and practices in New Mexico. This project, the School Health Profiles, is part of a national effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey includes questions about school nutrition, physical education, school-based health services, and health education in grades 6-12.

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Forty Thousand.

That's the number of students and school officials, including 81 superintendents, more than 400 principals, and nearly 3,000 teachers who helped complete the New Mexico Youth Risk & Resiliency Survey for 2021. In the spring, we will begin to share findings from the survey.

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What is the NM-YRRS?

The New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (NM-YRRS) is a tool to assess the health risk behaviors and resiliency (protective) factors of New Mexico high school and middle school students. The NM-YRRS is part of the national CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). The survey results have widespread benefits for New Mexico at the state, county, and school district levels.

The NM-YRRS is offered to a selection of high schools and middle schools in each school district in the fall of odd-numbered years. All data are self-reported by students who voluntarily complete the survey during one class period.

Topic areas for the NM-YRRS include risk behaviors related to alcohol and drug use, unintentional injury, violence, suicidal ideation and attempts, tobacco use, sexual activity, physical activity, and nutrition; resiliency (protective) factors such as relationships in the family, school, community, and with peers; and health status issues such as body weight and asthma.

A Video About the NM-YRRS:

Our Funding

The NM-YRRS receives support for the NM-YRRS from the Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through Grant number 5-NU87PS004314-03-00 to The NM Department of Health (NM-DOH), and the Albuquerque Public Schools. In addition, the NM-YRRS receives generous support from –

  • Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center
  • New Mexico Public Education Department
  • Office of Substance Abuse Prevention, Behavioral Health Services Division, Human Services Department
  • Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program, Public Health Division (PHD), NM-DOH
  • Office of School and Adolescent Health, PHD, NM-DOH
  • Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau (IBEB), Epidemiology and Response Division (ERD), NM-DOH
  • Overdose Prevention Program, ERD, NM-DOH
  • Sexual Violence Prevention Program, ERD, NM-DOH