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The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a state-based system of health surveys that make up the world’s largest telephone survey. The survey tracks health risks in the United States and uses this information to improve the health of the American people. Available resources include the following:

  • Prevalence and Trends Data : State-level estimates can be compared to other states and grouped by selected demographics. Observe state-level trends in the prevalence of certain health risk behaviors.
  • SMART Data: View local area estimates and statewide “Quick View” charts.
  • BRFSS Maps: Generate maps displaying state- and local-level estimates.
  • Annual Survey Data: Download the data and documentation for all completed survey years.
  • BRFSS Questionnaires page: View questionnaires for the BRFSS survey in English and Spanish versions.
  • WEAT: Web Enabled Analysis Tool: It includes the following advanced analysis tools:
    • Cross Tabulation Analysis - Create Cross Tabulation Reports from the BRFSS data for Analysis.
    • Logistic Analysis - Analyze the BRFSS data using Logistic regression.

The BRFSS Health Related Quality of Life Measures query system provides data at the state and local levels that can be used for tracking progress in achieving the two major goals of Healthy People 2010:

  • Increase quality and years of healthy life
  • Eliminate health disparities

The CDC Arthritis program presents state specific arthritis data and statistics. Starting with the 2003 BRFSS and continuing in odd-numbered years, all states collected information on arthritis. The BRFSS survey is noted as being the best source for state arthritis estimates.

The CDC Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity presents the Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Data and Statistics query tool which shows average daily frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption. Use this site to analyze and compare survey responses by state, year, demographic group (i.e. age, education, gender, income, and race), physical activity level, and body mass index.

The National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS) is a collaborative effort between CDC's Division of Oral Health and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD). NOHSS is designed to monitor the burden of oral disease, use of the oral health care delivery system, and the status of community water fluoridation on both a national and state level.

The Health Data For All Ages (HDAA) query system presents tables that provide CDC health statistics for infants, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Tables can be customized to include the following characteristics: age, gender, race/ethnicity, and geographic location.

The Quick Health Data Online query system provides comprehensive U.S. data for both men and women on a variety of indicators related to infectious and chronic diseases, mental health, reproductive health, maternal health, violence and abuse, illness prevention, access to care, and demographics. National, regional, state and county data are provided, and data are often available by race/ethnicity.

The Women’s Health Assessment Toolkit (WHAT) is a collaborative project between the Texas Medical Center Women’s Health Network and the Texas Alliance of Women’s Health Networks. The WHAT has been developed to guide communities in assessing women’s health status and related infrastructure within a specific (designated) community.

DATA2010 is a Healthy People 2010 interactive database system developed by the staff of the Division of Health Promotion Statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics and contains the most recent monitoring data for tracking Healthy People 2010. Data are included for all the objectives and subgroups identified in the Healthy People 2010: Objectives for Improving Health. DATA2010 contains primarily national data. However, state-based data are provided as available.

The BRFSS Asthma Data and Surveillance Query System is provided by the National Center for Environmental Health, Environmental Hazards and Health Effects Program (EHHE) and provides BRFSS data on adult and child asthma.

The CDC Chronic Disease Indicators is a cross-cutting set of 90 indicators that were developed by consensus and that allows states and territories to uniformly define, collect, and report chronic disease data that are important to public health practice and available at the state level.

The CDC Physical Activity map displays the prevalence of people in each state meeting physical activity recommendations. You may look at nationwide prevalence by year, view individual state summary data by year or compare states. The physical activity measures can also be grouped to compare physical activity statistics and demographics (age, race/ethnicity, gender, education) in two or more states.

The CDC Diabetes Data and Trends query tools provide national resources documenting the public health burden of diabetes and its complications in the United States. The Diabetes Indicators and Data Sources Internet Tool (DIDIT) is a user-friendly web-based tool designed to support surveillance, epidemiology, and program evaluation activities of state diabetes control programs.

The State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System is an electronic data warehouse containing up-to-date and historical state-level data on tobacco use prevention and control. Main topic areas presently being offered are behaviors, demographics, economics, funding, health consequences and costs, and legislation.

The Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) report provides an overview of key health indicators for local communities and encourages dialogue about actions that can be taken to improve a community’s health. The report was designed with both public health professionals and community members in mind. The CHSI report contains over 200 measures for each of the 3,141 United States counties. The CHSI mapping capability allows users to visually compare similar counties (termed peer counties) as well as adjacent counties with their county.

Non Federal Query Systems

Kaiser statehealthfacts.org allows users to compare data for all the states on topics related to demographics and the economy, health status, health coverage and the uninsured, Medicaid & SCHIP, health costs, Medicare, managed care, health providers, minority health, women’s health, and AIDS.