Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
(MD Health Study)
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is an ongoing telephone surveillance program designed to collect data on the behaviors and conditions that place Marylanders at risk for chronic diseases, injuries, and preventable infectious diseases.
The data collected are used to characterize health behaviors, ascertain the prevalence of risk factors, and target demographic groups with increased needs. Knowing the type and frequency of health issues and risky behaviors enables the public health professionals to devise and implement programs geared toward the prevention of chronic diseases, injury, and disability.
The typical sample size is over 10,000 households, and collects information mainly on residents 18 years of age and older.
BRFSS data from 1995 through the present can be found at www.marylandbrfss.org Data can be analyzed by year, demographics, as well as by state or specific jurisdictions.
If you have been contacted to participate in this survey and have questions or would like additional information, please contact:
The Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control
Prevention and Health Promotion Administration
Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
201 West Preston St., Room 306
Baltimore, MD 21201
For more information, call: 410-767-5780