DPH: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

 
{BRFSS Logo} The BRFSS is an ongoing telephone survey of adults conducted in all 50 states and coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. Households are randomly selected and contacted by a contractor who conducts most interviews in the evenings and on weekends. Perhaps you or someone you know was called by the survey staff. Once an interviewer reaches a household, a random selection of adult household members is made to choose one person to participate in the survey. Listed and unlisted residential landline and cell phone numbers are included in the survey.
 
The CT-BRFSS is conducted on behalf of the Connecticut Department of Public Health by a contractor, identified through a transparent state bidding process.  This contractor is ICF International (http://www.icfi.com), and they can be reached at 877-364-0913.

 

February, 2015:  The CT-BRFSS is a health survey authorized by DPH. Recent reports have been received of a possible misuse of the DPH name for an unauthorized survey. Contractors for the CT-BRFSS 2014 survey must follow the script as outlined in the 2016 BRFSS Questionnaire (PDF). If you suspect that you have been contacted by an unauthorized group, please feel free to contact Carol Stone, BRFSS Project Director/Principal Investigator.

 
The questionnaire (CT BRFSS Questionnaire, 2016, PDF) changes somewhat from year to year and state to state to meet changing needs and address state specific priorities.  The BRFSS originally collected data on health behaviors related to the leading causes of death, but has since been expanded to include issues related to health care access, utilization of preventive health services, and to address emerging issues such as cigar smoking or diet pill use.  Each month survey data are sent to the CDC for editing and checking.  At the end of each year data are compiled and adjusted to be representative of all adults in the state, and returned to states for analysis and use in planning and monitoring health programs.  Data for all states are available via the CDC BRFSS website.
 
 
CT BRFSS Summary Reports (all files are PDF unless otherwise noted)
  • Health Risk Behaviors in Connecticut: Results of the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, March, 2016
  • Health Risk Behaviors in Connecticut: Results of the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, August, 2015
  • Health Risk Behaviors in Connecticut: Results of the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, April, 2014
     
     
    CT BRFSS Reports and Publications
  • Association between pregnancy planning and health behaviors: Results from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in seven states, 2013, Sept. 2016
  •      -  Slides from the CityMatch/MCH Epi Biennial meeting, Sept. 14, 2016
  • Results of a Pilot Post-BRFSS Survey in the City of Hartford, Connecticut, June, 2016

  • Selected Health Indicators Among Adult Men in Connecticut: Results of the Connecticut BRFSS, March 2016
  • Fact Sheet: Connecticut Rankings for Selected Health Indicators in Fairfield, Hartford, and New Haven County, 2011,  February, 2016

  • Change in Selected Connecticut Health Indicators, 2011-2014: Results from the Connecticut Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance, January, 2016.

  • Trends in influenza and pneumococcal vaccination among adults in Connecticut, years 2001-2010, November, 2015.  An extract of this report has been published in the Connecticut Epidemiologist, Volume 35, No. 6.

  • Behavioral Health Risks Among Northeast District Department of Health Adults in 2011-2013, April, 2015

  • Behavioral Health Risks Among North Central Health District Adults in 2011-2013, April, 2015

  • Behavioral Health Risks Among Eastern Highlands Health District Adults in 2011-2013, April, 2015

  • Factors associated with health disparities among Black/African American Women in Connecticut, September, 2014

  • Factsheet for General Audiences: Cognitive Impairment in Connecticut, May, 2014

  • Caregiving Across the United States: Caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Tennessee, April, 2014

  • Behavioral Health Risks Among Ledge Light Health District Adults in 2012, October, 2013

  • Behavioral Health Risks Among Naugatuck Valley Health District Adults in 2012, October, 2013

  • Behavioral Health Risks Among Torrington Area Health District Adults in 2012, October, 2013

  • Diabetes Preventive-Care Practices Fact Sheet, August, 2013

  • Prediabetes Fact Sheet, August, 2013

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences in Connecticut Factsheet, July, 2013

  • Association Between Number of Adverse Events in Childhood and Adult Risk Behaviors & Poor Health Outcomes, July, 2013 

  • Prediabetes Fact Sheet, April, 2012

  • Diabetes Preventive-Care Practices Fact Sheet, 2012

  • Burden of Diabetes in Connecticut, 2011

  • Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011

  • The Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases in Connecticut – 2010 Surveillance Report

  • The Burden of Diabetes in Connecticut – 2010 Surveillance Report

  • Effect of Smoking on the Association Between Environmental Triggers and Asthma Severity Among Adults in New England (Aug 2010)


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    Recent Health Publications That Rely on BRFSS Data


  • Contraceptive Use Among Nonpregnant and Postpartum Women at Risk for Unintended Pregnancy, and Female High School Students, in the Context of Zika Preparedness — United States, 2011–2013 and 2015, August 2016
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    Current BRFSS Survey Script

     
     
    Previous BRFSS Survey Scripts (all PDF)
     
     
    Other Helpful Links
     
     
     
     
    Carol L. Stone, PhD, MPH, MAS, MA
    BRFSS Project Director/Principal Investigator
    Connecticut Department of Public Health
    Health Statistics and Surveillance Section
    860-509-7147
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     




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