This project supports the Alabama (AL) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a statewide telephone survey of adult health risk behaviors and health conditions. BRFSS is the only readily available source of annual adult health and health risk behavior data in AL. AL has conducted health surveillance using the telephone-based BRFSS survey for over 30 years.
AL BRFSS will continue surveillance of the behaviors that contribute to the occurrence of chronic diseases among Alabamians. Data collection will occur in alignment with all protocols and procedures dictated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Uniform data collection will ensure that AL BRFSS data can be directly compared to other states across the nation. The coordinator and AL BRFSS contractor will submit all data to CDC by required deadlines so that a weighted data set can be delivered to AL BRFSS from CDC by July 1 of each year.
In addition to analyzing the collected data, AL BRFSS will disseminate prevalence data for use in health program planning, evaluation, policy development, and to inform public health actions in AL. AL data users group will be developed, and will be instrumental in identifying the time sensitive data needs in AL, as well as disseminating data to BRFSS data users through multiple channels. Data will be collected across the state and will be inclusive of geographic and disparate populations throughout AL. AL BRFSS will be of service to all Alabamians, and will be used to address Alabamians’ health status, health risk behaviors, and health disparities.