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BRFSS Health Survey

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OMH & CDC Collaborating to Improve Understanding of the Health Status of American Indians and Alaska Natives

A new Intra-Agency agreement between the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide an improved understanding of the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Through the 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the CDC will conduct additional interviews in 11 states that have a higher proportion of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The states included in the survey are:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin

What is this survey?

Did you know?
-BRFSS completes 400,000 adult interviews each year
- It the largest nonstop health survey system in the world

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System or BRFSS is a nationwide system of telephone surveys that collect state data about behaviors that affects people’s health, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. The BRFSS was established in 1984 with 15 states. It now collects data in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories. By collecting this information at the state and local level, BRFSS has become a powerful tool for building targeted health promotion activities. For more information visit:

Why should I answer the survey questions?

This project represents a unique opportunity to better understand the current health needs of the American Indian/Alaska Native population. It will also provide local, state and federal health centers critical information that will help improve public health. Information collected from the surveys in the OMH-CDC partnership will help:

  • determine the behaviors that can lead to disease
  • identify appropriate ways to reduce health disparities
  • implement disease prevention and health promotion activities
  • monitor progress toward achieving health objectives among American Indian and Alaska Native populations

What are of the kinds of questions are on the BRFSS survey?

There are many different types of questions in the survey, but all states ask questions on demographic characteristics and current health behaviors, such as tobacco use and seatbelt use. A list of the BRFSS 2016 survey questions can be found here: .

For information by state and/or to contact your survey state coordinator, visit:
Last Modified: 2/8/2017 10:50:00 AM