Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)



The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is primarily funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  However, various state programs may fund additional modules or questions.  This is the largest telephone health survey in the world and is conducted in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. The BRFSS contains core questions that are asked in all states and territories allowing for national as well as state-to-state comparisons.  In addition, optional modules are also available and state-specific questions may be added to address state-specific needs.  The BRFSS is used to assess risk for chronic disease, identify demographic differences in health-related behaviors, address emerging health issues, evaluate public health policies and programs, assess special populations, and measure progress toward achieving state and national health objectives.  Many states also use BRFSS data to support health-related legislative efforts.