The Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) began operation in 1987 as part of a federal-state partnership that today has resulted in the collection of uniform public health data from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Each year, thousands of adult Texans complete BRFSS landline and cellular telephone interviews regarding their health status, personal health habits, and use of preventive services. Although the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) requires that certain core questions appear on the survey each year, a limited amount of space is available for states to add optional questions (modules or state added) at their discretion.
The Texas BRFSS Program invites DSHS programs and other public health stakeholders to submit written proposals for additional survey questions. These proposals will be used to assist the Texas BRFSS Coordinator in planning the 2015 Texas BRFSS survey. The BRFSS staff is available to assist programs with developing proposals that best meet their needs. All proposals for additional survey questions should be submitted to the Texas BRFSS program by 5:00 pm on July 3, 2014. A discussion of all proposals will take place at the next HSUG Meeting on July 17, 2014. It is recommended that a representative from the program proposing questions attend the meeting to present their proposal and be available to answer questions.
Please see the following attachments for more information on submitting proposals:
- Outline for Proposals to Include CDC Modules and or State-Added Questions -- Please provide written proposals for questions and supporting background information.
- Attachment A: Pricing -- Provides general information about how costs for participating in the BRFSS are determined.
- Attachment B: 2015 CDC Draft BRFSS Survey Outline of Questions -- Core questions will be included in the 2015 Texas BRFSS Questionnaire. Optional questions developed and tested by CDC may be added to the 2015 Texas BRFSS at the individual program's expense.
- Interagency Agreement Example-- A template for defining agreements between the Texas BRFSS program and our state level funding partners.
If you need additional information, please contact me at 512-776-6579 or Rebecca.Wood@dshs.state.tx.us.
Please visit our website to learn more about the Texas BRFSS Program.
Once again, I look forward to working with all of you in the future to build a first rate surveillance system for Texas. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything I can do for you.
Rebecca A. Wood, MSHP
Texas BRFSS Coordinator
Community Assessment Team
Center for Health Statistics
Texas Department of State Health Services