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BRFSS

California Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

The California BRFSS conducts, a yearly assessment of numerous public health topics. BRFSS is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

If you are interested in obtaining BRFSS data, please download and complete the Data User Agreement (PDF), and return it to the California BRFSS .

About The Project

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) was established in 1984 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is the nation’s premier system of health-related telephone surveys that collect state data about U.S. residents, 18 years and older,  regarding their health-related risk behaviors.

BRFSS provides the state of California and the nation with a yearly assessment of a variety of public health topics, including: demographic information, cancer prevalence and screening, tobacco use and control, gender specific health screenings (e.g., breast and prostate cancer), asthma diagnosis, alcohol consumption, and other current health concerns (e.g., flu and pneumococcal vaccinations).

The California BRFSS utilizes random digit dialing of California landline and cell phone numbers, and conducts interviews in English and Spanish. Data is weighted allowing researchers to accurately estimate the prevalence of health conditions and behaviors. BRFSS data is available for public use.

Request Public Use Data

If you are interested in obtaining the publicly available data housed by CDSRB, please download and complete the Data User Agreement (PDF), and return it to the California BRFSS.

Please refer to the questionnaires and codebook for information on which questions were utilized and which variables are available for each year of data.

Contact Information

If you have been contacted to participate in this study and would like to learn more, please contact our help desk at (916) 731-2500 or email BRFSShelp@cdph.ca.gov.


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