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What is BRFSS?

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the largest, continuously conducted, telephone health survey in the world. It enables the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health departments, and other health agencies to monitor modifiable risk factors for chronic diseases and other leading causes of death.

Why BRFSS is Useful?

The BRFSS collects information from adults on health behaviors and preventive practices related to several leading causes of death. The BRFSS is used by all states, the District of Columbia, and three territories, through funds disbursed by CDC and supplemented by state program funds. The BRFSS provides data for many purposes: Assessing risk for chronic diseases. Identifying demographic differences and trends in health-related behaviors. Designing and monitoring health interventions and services. Addressing emergent and critical health issues. Formulating policy and proposing legislation for health initiatives. Measuring progress toward achieving state and national health objectives. The BRFSS can be adapted to meet state-specific needs, while still allowing for state-to-state and regional comparisons. The BRFSS can be used to assess special populations, such as military personnel and members of health maintenance organizations. In Washington, many local health jurisdictions and several tribal authorities have also implemented local BRFSS surveys modeled on the national and state surveys.

Who Uses BRFSS in Washington State?

BRFSS data is used by Washington State Department of Health, Washington State Local Health Jurisdication, Universities, and Research and Health Foundations

More Information on BRFSS:
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