Southwest Tribal Youth Project
To address gaps in the availability, representativeness and usefulness of data for American Indian youth in the Albuquerque Area, AASTEC has partnered with the University of New Mexico, the State of New Mexico Department of Health, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the New Mexico Public Education Department to oversample American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth (grades 6-12) in the biennial New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency (YRRS) and Healthy Kids Colorado Surveys.


Over 40 middle and high schools with high AI/AN student enrollment participated in this AASTEC-sponsored oversample, which resulted in the inclusion of over 3,000 additional AI/AN adolescent participants in these statewide surveys.


This public health surveillance system includes a host of topics related to youth health risk behaviors such as alcohol and drug use, unintentional injury, violence, bullying, suicidal ideation and attempts, tobacco use, sexual activity, physical activity, and nutrition. The NM YRRS is unique in that it also includes measures of youth resiliency including relationships in the family, school, community, and with peers. Aggregate, tribe and school specific reports have also been developed and disseminated to all stakeholders highlighting key findings from these surveys.

Aggregate reports and fact sheets are also publicly available at www.aastec.net