Established in 1984, the BRFSS is a state-based system of health surveys that collects information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and healthcare access primarily related to chronic disease and injury. For many states, the BRFSS is the only available source of timely, accurate data on health-related behaviors. Currently, data are collected monthly in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam; more than 350,000 adults are interviewed each year. States use BRFSS data to identify emerging health problems, establish and track health objectives, and develop and evaluate public health policies and programs. Many states also use BRFSS data to support health-related legislative efforts.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral risk factor surveillance system (BRFSS) data, 1994 [computer file]. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [producer and distribut], 1995.