Illinois Youth Survey

What is the IYS?
The IYS provides an opportunity for schools to collect local, timely data from their students. Facilitated by the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, it is a free survey administered to 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students across Illinois. The IYS is administered state-wide on even years (2016, 2018, etc.) and covers a full range of topics, such as physical activity and nutrition, substance use and abuse, perceptions of school climate, mental health, and safety (violence and bullying).

How can the data be used?

Benefits to schools: The data from IYS reports can be used by schools to guide programmatic interventions across school systems. Schools may also use the data when seeking funding opportunities. Many schools choose to share their data with local coalitions and stakeholders to enhance collaborative efforts.

Benefits of sharing the data: When schools chose to share their data with Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center (LCHD/CHC) &/or a local coalition, it is used to assess the needs of the students in Lake County, priority areas of need can be identified, and specific interventions can be implemented. All data shared with LCHD/CHC remains confidential and is not released to the public. All participating schools’ data is compiled into a county report. The county report is used for planning purposes by a variety of county organizations, including local coalitions. 

What evidence-based strategies exist for the issues identified through IYS? 

LCHD/CHC has researched evidence-based strategies to address the issues of substance abuse, mental health, physical activity, and nutrition for schools. LCHD/CHC has expertise in the implementation of school-based substance abuse and tobacco cessation interventions. Please contact or 847-377-8770 for further information.

Evidence-Based Strategies
  1. Substance Abuse
  2. Mental Health
  3. Physical Activity & Nutrition


Population Served
Social Marketing Campaign
Social marketing seeks to influence social behaviors using basic marketing principles. The planning process addresses the elements of the "Four Ps of Marketing”:
1) the conception of a Product, 2) Price, 3) Place (distribution), and 4) Promotion. Social marketing also adds two additional "P's":
Partnership--Social and health issues are often so complex that collaboration between agencies is necessary to increase success.
Policy--Social marketing programs can do well in motivating individual behavior change, but that is 
difficult to sustain unless the environment they're in supports that behavior change for the long term.
-Decrease the rate of students who use substances

-Increase the rate of students with healthy behaviors
Any targeted audience (students, parents, staff, community)
School Policies
School policies establish rules and regulations to ensure a safe and productive environment for students and staff. Policies influence the social environment of the school by playing a crucial role in setting behavioral norms and establishing guidelines for student behavior control. Examples of school policies to reduce and prevent student use of substances:
- Code of conduct
- Discipline consequences
- Evidence-based substance abuse prevention curriculum
- Assessment and screening of substance abuse treatment needs
- Drug-free school zone
-Decrease the rate of students who use substances

-Increase the rate of students with healthy behaviors
Alcohol Edu®
AlcoholEdu® for High School takes a public health approach to preventing alcohol abuse, incorporating evidence-based prevention methods to create a highly engaging user experience.
Recommended Grade Level: 9-12
Total Modules: 5 (20-25 minutes each)
Total Time: 2-3 Hours
Subject Fit: Health, Physical Education
AlcoholEdu for High School requires funding from the
school, district, or outside source.
-Reduce negative consequences associated with underage drinking High school students
Sources of Evidence-Based Strategies:
1. Guide to Community Preventive Services (2010). Health Communication and Social Marketing: Campaigns that include Mass Media and Health-Related Product Distribution. Retrieved from:

2. Oxford Journals Health Promotion International (2004). A Review on School Drug Policies and their Impact of Youth Substance Use. Retrieved from:

3. EverFi (2016). AlcoholEdu for High School. Retrieved from:

4. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association (SAMHSA) (2016). Safe Schools/Healthy Students. Retrieved from:

5. National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (2016). Safe Schools/Healthy Students. Retrieved from:

6. County Health Rankings (2016). Families and Schools Together (FAST). Retrieved from:

7. Families & Schools Together (FAST) (2016). Retrieved from:

8. Healthy Communities Institute (2004). SOS Signs of Suicide Program. Retrieved from:

9. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association (SAMHSA) (2016). SOS Signs of Suicide Program. Retrieved from:

10. County Health Rankings (2016). Multi-Component School-Based Obesity Prevention Interventions. Retrieved from:

11. County Health Rankings (2016). School-Based Physical Education. Retrieved from:

12. Guide to Community Preventive Services (2013). Physical Activity: Enhanced School-Based Physical Education. Retrieved from:

13. County Health Rankings (2016). School Fruit and Vegetable Gardens. Retrieved from: