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What It Is

​The BRFSS is a telephone health survey sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kentucky Department for Public Health randomly administered to non-institutionalized civilian adults 18 and older in households with a telephone since 1985. Participation is strictly voluntary and personal identifying information, such as name or address, is not collected.

How BRFSS Data is Used

Data from each individual surveyed is combined to determine the health practices of Kentuckians and combined with other states’ data to provide national health behaviors estimates. Data from the BRFSS is used to:

  • Analyze health trends
  • Develop policies and legislation
  • Plan and to measure the progress of prevention initiatives
  • Monitor health goals, such as those stated in Healthy Kentuckians 2020
  • Educate the public about risk behaviors and preventive health practices and 
  • Provide data for preparation of budgets, contracts and grants 

Kentucky BRFSS Data Reports

BRFSS Questionnaire Format

The BRFSS questionnaire is divided into three sections:

  • Core Questions asked by all states and participating territories.
  • Optional Modules developed by the CDC on particular topics that states may choose to include on the questionnaire.
  • State Added Questions that relate to the public heath needs of a state.

Contact Information

Data from Kentucky and all 50 states can be obtained from the CDC BRFSS website. When the site loads, scroll down to the section titled Prevalence Data. Data can be queried by topic, state and year (1995-2016).

You may request additional Kentucky specific BRFSS data information.  For data sets request, complete this form.

Email your question and data set request forms.

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