Oklahoma’s health status has been ranked within the bottom ten states since 1997 due to a large burden of chronic diseases, poor health behaviors, high number of uninsured, and preventable hospitalizations (United Health Foundation, America’s Health Rankings, 2019). Ongoing surveillance of these critical public health issues is essential in order to track the health of Oklahomans, to measure the effectiveness of public health interventions, and identify high risk and disparate populations. The Oklahoma Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System program (OKBRFSS) will provide key data to state, tribal and local health officials that are working to improve the state’s health status.
The OKBRFSS will collaborate with National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to collect high quality representative data via multi-modes of surveillance about specific behavioral risk factors, health practices, and health care access of Oklahoma residents. This data will be analyzed, interpreted and made available to state, tribal and local programs and officials, researchers and the general public through reports, statistical briefs, web-based data query system (OK2SHARE) and interactive website (State of the State Health report). Additionally, staff will provide consultation and technical assistance to agency staff and other public health stakeholders regarding the OKBRFSS, analyses, interpretation, and use of the surveillance data and underlying methodologies.