Arizona Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System


BRFSS Power Point Presentation August 18, 2015

The Arizona Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) telephone survey has been in existence since 1984 and is partially funded by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This surveillance collects data from Arizonans adults aged 18 and over living at home.  In order to capture the proper representative of Arizona's population, the samples size was nearly doubled from prior years, and consists of randomly selected adults who live in Arizona. The results from the BRFSS survey are used to monitor selected public health objectives related to general health status, health-related quality of life and well-being, determinants of health and disparities as defined in the Healthy People 2020.

Since BRFSS is used nationwide, comparisons can be made to other states and to the national average. Interactive Web pages on the CDC BRFSS site provide prevalence and trend data, and comparative State maps, as well as risk trend data for selected metropolitan and micropolitan areas.

The Arizona BRFSS utilizes the services of ICF/Macro, a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) System for respondent interviewing.  If you are contacted by ICF/Macro, please understand they are calling on behalf of the Arizona Department of Health Services and you will not be asked about personal information that may identify you.   The Arizona BRFSS questionnaires are available on this website. Survey participation is voluntary; however, we cannot select anyone else to replace you if do not participate, which may mean that adults like you may be underrepresented in statewide estimates.  By participating, you perform a valuable public service for your family, community, and state. 

Arizonans' phone number are randomly selected from all working phone numbers, both listed and unlisted in your area. A pre-notification letter is mailed to you to inform you that you have been selected to participate in the Arizona BRFSS survey.  The caller will ask you questions regarding your general health, behavior risk factors and chronic conditions. Your answers to the survey questions are combined with those of many other respondents and are used to identify emerging health problems, to establish and track health objectives, and to develop and evaluate public health policies and programs. In the event you wish not to participate please e-mail Judy Bass the BRFSS coordinator your request to opt out of the survey.  In order to do expedite your request please provide your home telephone number.

The survey will take approximately 25 minutes to complete, but it may run a little shorter or longer depending on the number of questions asked and how long you take to answer each questions.  If you are unable to complete the interview, we can always schedule another time to complete it. We greatly appreciate your willingness to participate in this important public health study.

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