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Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System history
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services. Division of Behavioral Surveillance.
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    In 1984, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). BRFSS is the nation’s premier system of health surveys that collect state data about U.S. residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors and events, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services.

    For most states, BRFSS is the only source of state-based health risk behavior data related to chronic disease prevalence. These data help monitor progress toward Healthy People 2020 objectives for both the states and the nation.

    Currently, BRFSS collects data in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories. BRFSS completes more than 400,000 adult interviews each year, making it the largest continuously conducted multi-mode (mail, landline phone, and cell phone) health survey system in the world.

    The survey is administered by the Division of Behavioral Surveillance in CDC’s Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office; Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services.


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