Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is an annual statewide telephone surveillance system designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). BRFSS monitors modifiable risk behaviors and other factors contributing to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the population. New York State's BRFSS sample represents the non-institutionalized adult household population, aged 18 years and older. Data from the BRFSS are useful for planning, initiating, and supporting health promotion and disease prevention programs at the state and federal level, and monitoring progress toward achieving health objectives for the state and nation.

The survey is conducted in all 50 states and U.S. territories. New York State has participated annually since 1985. Statewide representative samples are collected monthly and aggregated into yearly datasets. Questionnaires, datasets, survey results, documentation and much more are all available at the CDC website. New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) generated BRFSS Summary Reports are available in electronic format from 1995. Previous reports are available upon request by sending an e-mail message to brfss@health.state.ny.us.