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YRBS Data Release Notes

General Release Notes

2019 YRBS

In 2019, we retired indicators based on questions that had not been asked since 2011. If you are interested in data only collected prior to 2011 please contact

A new Demographics category

We introduced a new demographics category in this release. This section allows users to view detailed information about the YRBS population.

New dimensions are now available

New YRBS indicators in 2019

There are several new indicators available:

2015 YRBS

In accordance with recent legislation, there was a change in survey implementation in 2015 whereby student participation changed from active parental consent to active parental refusal. This change yielded greater participation among middle and high school students.

2011 YRBS

While the YRBS has always collected data from schools across Hawaiʻi, the sampling frame was increased in this survey year to yield county-level estimates for middle school and high school. School and student participation in Hawaiʻi County high schools did not meet the minimum participation requirement (60%) to allow for weighting of the high school data. Therefore, high school level data is available for the state only for 2011. High school county level data is not available until 2013. Middle school county level data is available starting in 2011.

All Years

For more information on the number of students surveyed each year and links to the survey instruments, please click here.

Health indicators are created after a question has been included in at least 2 survey administrations. Survey items do not have to be asked on consecutive administrations to create a health indicator. Health indicators are retired when their underlying questions have not been asked for 4 administrations.

Race/Ethnicity Data

Students are asked two questions to ascertain their race/ethnicity:
These questions are used to create the Race/ Ethnicity classifications. In HHDW, the most granular level is the program race/ethnicity (PRG) which rolls up into the DOH standard race/ethnicity (DOH), which rolls up into Census race reporting categories (Census). The table below illustrates how the data is aggregated.

Race/Ethnicity Classifications
Source Race/EthnicityProgram Race/Ethnicity (PRG)DOH Race/Ethnicity (DOH)Census Race (Census)
Am Indian/ Alaska NativeAmerican Indian and Alaska NativeNative Alaskan/ American IndianNative Alaskan/ American Indian
Black or African AmericanBlackBlackBlack or African American
Native Hawaiian/ Part HawaiianHawaiian/ Part HawaiianNative HawaiianNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
Other AsianOther AsianOther AsianAsian
Other Pacific IslanderOther Pacific IslanderOther Pacific IslanderNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
Hispanic/ LatinoOtherOtherOther
Multiple - Non-HispanicOtherOtherOther

Cell Suppression

According to CDC guidelines, a minimum of 100 students must answer a question in order for it to be reported. Where the number of students is below 100, ** will appear in the data table and no data will be displayed for that cell in the chart. We suggest that you aggregate years or reduce the number of filters to achieve a reportable result.


Documentation is available here to describe how we collect and map race/ethnicity, geography, and poverty level.

HHDW Race/Ethnicity Documentation

HHDW Geography Documentation