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 telephone numbers are included in the sample, but not business, Fax, modem or cell phone lines.
The questionnaire (CT BRFSS Questionnaire, 2013, 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 Reports and Publications  (all files are PDF unless otherwise noted)
  • Behavioral Health Risks Among Ledge Light Health District Adults in 2012

  • Behavioral Health Risks Among Naugatuck Valley Health District Adults in 2012

  • Behavioral Health Risks Among Torrington Area Health District Adults in 2012
  • 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)

  • Connecticut Cancer Plan 2009-2013

  • The 2009 Connecticut Health Disparities Report (2009)

  • Diabetes Partners in Prevention Newsletters (see 2009-2010 newsletter)

  • Asthma in Connecticut 2008, A Surveillance Report

  • Burden of Stroke in CT (2008) 

  • A Report of the Task Force on Oral Health of Older Adults, Just The F.A.C.T.S., 2008

  • Diabetes Partners in Prevention Newsletter: Spring 2008

  • Oral Health In Connecticut, 2007
  • The Connecticut Diabetes Prevention and Control Plan, 2007 2012

  • Epidemiologic Profile of HIV/AIDS in Connecticut 2007

  • Connecticut Adult Tobacco Survey, 2006 

  • Anxiety and Depression in Connecticut Adults, 2006

  • Diabetes Preventive Care Practices Fact Sheet (2006)

  • Diabetes in CT: Past, Present, and Future (2006)

  • The Burden Of Diabetes In Connecticut, 2006 Surveillance Report

  • The Burden of Cardiovascular Disease in Connecticut - 2006 Surveillance Report

  • Signs & Symptoms of Heart Attack and Stroke, Fact Sheet, Nov 2006

  • Diabetes Prevalence In Connecticut, 2004 2006, Fact Sheet

  • Stroke Fact Sheet (2005)

  • Asthma in Connecticut 2005, A Surveillance Report

  • Tobacco Usage Behaviors and Attitudes in CT (2005)

  • CT BRFSS 2002 Presentation (Powerpoint, 2.9MB)

  • Older Adult Health Risks (2003)

  • Asthma in Connecticut - Update (2003)

  • Asthma in Connecticut (2001)

  • Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors about West Nile Virus - CT 2002

  • Visual Impairment in Connecticut (2001)

  • Psychological and Emotional Effects of the September 11 Attacks on the

        World Trade Center - CT, NJ 2001
  • Factors Related to Cancer (2000)

    Previous Years' BRFSS Questionnaire
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