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 and Prevention (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 and/or a geographic oversample. Stakeholders with interest in the survey can propose optional BRFSS questions
offered by CDC or develop their own state-added questions. Costs for adding
questions will vary depending on several factors outlined in Attachment A: Pricing. These proposals will be used to assist the Texas BRFSS Coordinator in planning the 2016 Texas BRFSS survey. The Texas BRFSS staff is available to assist programs with developing proposals that best meet their needs. All proposals for additional survey questions and/or geographic oversamples should be submitted to the Texas BRFSS program by 5:00 pm on June 30, 2015. A discussion of all proposals will take place at the next Health Survey Users Group (HSUG) meeting on July 16, 2015 at 10:30 am at DSHS Main Campus, Moreton Building, 6th Floor, Room M-653. It is recommended that a representative from the program proposing questions or a geographic oversample attend the meeting to present their proposal and be available to answer questions.
Please see the following proposal documents for more information:
- Proposals to Include Questions or Oversamples for 2016 Texas BRFSS -- Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy of the proposal form. To submit a proposal, the proposal form must be completed and sent to the Texas BRFSS Program.
- Attachment A: Pricing -- Provides general information about how costs for participating in the Texas BRFSS are determined.
- Attachment B: 2016 CDC Draft BRFSS Survey Outline of Questions -- Core questions will be included in the 2016 Texas BRFSS Questionnaire. Optional questions developed and tested by CDC may be added to the 2016 Texas BRFSS at the individual program's expense.
For additional information, please contact Rebecca Wood, Texas BRFSS Coordinator, at 512-776-6579 or Rebecca.Wood@dshs.state.tx.us.
Please visit our website to learn more about the Texas BRFSS Program.