Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System : overview BRFSS 2016
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      The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a collaborative project between all of the states in the United States (US) and participating US territories and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The BRFSS is administered and supported by CDC's Population Health Surveillance Branch, under the Division of Population Health at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The BRFSS is a system of ongoing health-related telephone surveys designed to collect data on health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services from the noninstitutionalized adult population ≥ 18 years residing in the United States.

      The BRFSS was initiated in 1984, with 15 states collecting surveillance data on risk behaviors through monthly telephone interviews. Over time, the number of states participating in the survey increased; BRFSS now collects data in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and participating US territories. During 2016, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands collected BRFSS data. In this document, the term “state” is used to refer to all areas participating in the BRFSS, including the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands.


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