Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Background Users can gather information regarding health risk behaviors and health conditions. Examples of topics include: physical activity, sexual behaviors, health insurance coverage, and chronic diseases. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a state-based system of health surveys and is the largest telephone health survey (almost 350,000 adults are interviewed each year). State-specific/ representative information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices,…

National Mortality Followback Survey

Background Users are able to access information about national death and mortality data. The Mortality Followback Survey Program, begun in the 1960’s by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), uses a sample of United States residents who die in a given year to supplement the death certificate with information from the next of kin or another person familiar with the decedent’s life history. This information, sometimes enhanced by administrative…