Now, more than ever, public health decisions and policy should be driven by reliable and relevant health data. If your program needs information to assist with public health assessments, policy development, resource allocation, and other decisions, the Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) offers public health practitioners the opportunity to collect health data about specific topics through an efficient and established survey system.
Texas BRFSS began continuous operation in 1987 as part of a federal-state partnership that results in the collection of uniform public health data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three territories of the U.S. Each year, thousands of adult Texans complete BRFSS telephone interviews regarding their health status, personal health habits, and use of preventive health services. CDC requires many of the questions that appear on the survey; however, a limited amount of space is available for states to fund optional questions at their discretion. States may also pay for increased sample size to improve surveillance of hard to reach subpopulations.
The Texas BRFSS program invites DSHS programs and other public health stakeholders to submit written proposals that will be used to assist the BRFSS Coordinator, with input from the Health Surveys User Group, in planning the Texas BRFSS survey and related analytical products. BRFSS staff are available to assist programs with developing proposals that best meet their needs. All proposals should be submitted to Texas BRFSS Program. If your program is interested in participating, please contact the Center for Health Statistics (see the sidebar).