Over the three-year project period, it is expected that the Florida BRFSS program will continue to improve access to more quality and timelier BRFSS data; increase data dissemination to health professionals and public health stakeholders; and increase the number of completed interviews from survey responders. The Florida BRFSS program will continue to maximize sample size, oversample minority groups, and monitor the percentage of cell phone surveys to ensure BRFSS data are representative of the entire population of Floridians. These activities will also ensure that resulting analyses will be able to provide users with a comprehensive understanding of health status and disparities at both the state and county-level. For 2021, the Florida Department of Health proposes a sample size of 4,824 (37.5%) landline participants and 8,040 (62.5%) cell phone participants. The Florida BRFSS program will continue to provide county-level data every three years, but will also explore new methodologies to provide county-level data on a more frequent basis to increase the timeliness of localized data.
For nearly 34 years, the BRFSS program has strived to strengthen state support for the collection and utilization of BRFSS data, growing from a sample size of 1,162 in 1986 to a projected sample size of over 12,000 respondents in 2020. The BRFSS program will continue to expand partnerships with DOH programs, stakeholders, and data users to inform the development of effective prevention and disease management programs, policies, and services. The BRFSS program looks forward to furthering advances in BRFSS survey methodologies and processes with the goal of improving population health in Florida.