Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

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ICF’s data collection efforts for Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys support public health programs and legislative efforts that improve the physical and mental health of hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Examples of the BRFSS surveys' far-ranging impacts include:

  • A community tobacco cessation program that helps a grandmother with a 40-year smoking habit
  • A program to prevent driving while intoxicated that may result in lives saved on the roadways
  • A program for people at risk for HIV/AIDS that provides education on preventing infection

Since 1989, and in over 20 states during that time, ICF has continuously conducted this monthly telephone survey. The CDC and state health departments use BRFSS data to measure health care access, preventive health practices such as recommended screenings for breast cancer, and health risk behaviors that are harmful to individual and public health, such as tobacco use, secondhand smoke exposure, binge drinking, and sedentary lifestyles. In 2010, ICF conducted more than 32,000 interviews with BRFSS survey respondents via landline and cell phones.  During the first half of 2011, ICF has conducted more than 17,500 landline interviews and almost 2,000 cell phone interviews.

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Client: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and State Health Departments
Location: U.S.

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