The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services aims to maintain and expand the Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (MiBRFSS) to monitor the prevalence of key health indicators and behavioral risk factors in order to develop programs that promote the health of Michigan residents and address health disparities.
The MiBRFSS provides important population-based estimates of the prevalence of various behaviors, medical conditions, and preventive health care practices among Michigan adults. MiBRFSS staff develop the survey annually utilizing both the CDC Core questionnaire and state-added questions submitted by both internal and external partners. MiBRFSS results are then used to guide program staff as well as other public health agencies and academic institutions.
The Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (MiBRFS) has been used to guide programming for specific ages, races/ethnicities, income levels, geographical regions and more. The survey has been utilized to both inform the COVID-19 response in Michigan and to ask questions of participants regarding their experiences with COVID-19.
A Data Users Collaborative Group is being expanded to guide the planning and evaluation of the MiBRFS moving forward. This is a transition from recorded webinars to a more interactive, collaborative group to advise the future of the MiBRSS. Additionally, analysts and statisticians involved in the group will contribute expertise to more efficiently analyze Michigan BRFS data.
Data are analyzed using SAS-Callable SUDAAN, and weighted prevalence estimates are calculated and widely disseminated to programs and the public following strict data quality guidelines. Reports are available at www.michigan.gov/brfs.
With the expansion of the data users group and more efficient and targeted data analysis, the MDHHS will meet the outcomes of increased access to more quality and timelier BRFSS data collected and analyzed as well as data being used by public health organizations to identify health risk behaviors and health status of the populations.