The California Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group (ASHWG) is a standing work group of program managers from the California Department of Public Health, California Department of Education, and key non-governmental organizations committed to working more effectively to address the sexual and reproductive health of California adolescents. Its vision is to create a coordinated, collaborative, and integrated system among government and non-government organizations to promote and
protect the sexual and reproductive health of youth in California.
The ASHWG Data and Evaluation Subcommittee’s intention is to improve comparability and expand access to and use of HIV, STD, and Teen Birth data. Members of this Sub-committee include epidemiologists from California Department of Public Health branches of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Control, Office of AIDS (OA), Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) and non-governmental “end users” of their data.
The ASHWG Data Tables and Charts for Adolescent Births, AIDS and STD are presented with standardized data elements across all conditions, i.e. age, race, gender, and timeframe. The purpose is to make useable data readily available for improved program planning, implementation and evaluation by programs serving adolescents at risk.
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a school-based survey that monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among high school aged youth. YRBS is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is implemented at both the state and national level, which allows California to compare the risk behaviors of our youth to national trends. This brief video provides a background on the YRBS at a national and state level, talks about how to access data for California youth, and highlights ways to support the YRBS in our state.