Surveys 

The Arkansas Department of Health conducts surveys to assess health conditions and behaviors.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a standardized, random telephone state-wide health survey.  Each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and three U.S. territories conduct similar surveys using procedures and guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so that results can be compared across states.  Arkansas has been collecting data continuously since 1993. 

The County Adult Health Survey (CAHS) is also a standardized, random telephone health survey collected using the same procedures and guidance as the BRFSS survey.  However, it uses a shorter set of questions taken from the BRFSS survey and is conducted in only one or a small group of counties over a limited time. 

The Adult Tobacco Survey (ATS) is also a standardized, random telephone state-wide health survey collected using the same procedures and guidance as the BRFSS survey.  However, this survey asks questions developed by the CDC Office on Smoking and Health. 

The Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBSS) is a standardized, pencil and paper, state-wide health survey conducted in a sample of Arkansas schools every two years by the Arkansas Department of Education. 

The County Youth Health Survey (CYHS)is a standardized, pencil and paper health survey conducted by the Arkansas Department of Health using the same questionnaire and standards as the YRBSS survey, but is conducted in all cooperating schools in a single county. 

The Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS) is a standardized, pencil and paper, state-wide survey conducted in a sample of Arkansas schools every two years by the Arkansas Department of Health.  It is similar to the YRBSS survey but uses a questionnaire developed by the CDC Office on Smoking and Health. 

The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) survey is a state-wide combination paper and pencil and telephone survey of a sample of mothers who have had a recent birth.