Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Program


To collect, analyze and disseminate data on health risk behaviors, health status, health care access, and preventive health practices of Rhode Island adults

2014 Accomplishments and Milestones

  • Released 2013 data by July 30, 2014 to more than 10 programs.
  • Published an article on the health status of Rhode Islandís working poor.
  • Responded to more than 40 data requests.
  • Maintained the landline (N=4615) and cell phone (N=1988) response targets for 2014.

Answer the survey - if you are selected

Your participation is vital. Your confidential answers help us plan and evaluate the health of Rhode Islanders. If your number is selected you will have the opportunity to represent your needs and the health needs of people like you. We appreciate your assistance.

What We Do

  • Collaborate with states and CDC to determine the questionnaire content of the core component and possible optional modules more.
  • Convene the Rhode Island Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Advisory Committee to review criteria for adding questions to survey (optional modules and state-added questions) and review requests for adding questions to the survey, annually.
  • Monitor survey data collection activities. The Rhode Island survey data collection is conducted by a third-party contractor, ICF International. Interviewers are conducted seven days a week using standard protocol.
  • Provide state-specific analysis about health issues such as asthma, diabetes, healthcare access, alcohol use, hypertension, obesity, cancer screening, nutrition and physical activity, tobacco use, to federal, state and local health officials, and researchers to track health risks, identify emerging problems, prevent disease, and improve treatment.