RIDOH Health Surveys

RIDOH Surveys

Listed below are Rhode Island Deaprtment of Health surveys.

About the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFSS)

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a year-round, self-report survey of adults. The BRFSS assesses health behaviors, health conditions and use of preventive services - such as physical activity, smoking, getting a flu shot, or cancer screenings - that have been shown to be related to health.

Potential respondents' landline or cellular telephone numbers are randomly selected and will receive a call from our contractor ICF Macro, Inc. The call will come from 1-401-222-1247. The interview takes about 27 minutes. If the call comes at a busy time, we can call you back at a better time. We call weekdays 9 AM - 9 PM and weekends 10 AM - 9 PM. All information is confidential and anonymous. We do not know your name and will never be able to identify anyone in your household.

Want to arrange a call back time? - Call toll-free 1-877-364-0821


Email or call 401-222-5115 Karine Monteiro, BRFS Survey Coodinator

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About the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring Systems (PRAMS)

The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is an ongoing survey of Rhode Island resident women who have recently delivered a baby. PRAMS asks questions about the mother's experiences before, during and after her pregnancy. Moms who are chosen to participate are picked by chance, like in a lottery, from the state birth certificate registry. Every mom who completes the PRAMS survey plays an active role in improving the health and well-being of Rhode Island women and babies. The survey can be completed in about twenty minutes. Data from the completed surveys are kept private like all personal health information. In reports from this survey, no woman will be identified by name.


Email or call 401-222-5120 Cheyenne Seymour, PRAMS Coordinator

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About the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a biannual survey of public school students grades 6 through 12.


Email or call 401-222-5115 Karine Monteiro, YRBS Survey Coodinator

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Did you get a call or mailing to participate in a health survey?

We work hard to keep you and all Rhode Islanders safe and healthy. To do this we need to know about the health and health habits of our residents. Since we can't talk to everyone, we contact a select few people, including you. Your answers help us understand if programs are working, and if there are health issues we should focus more on.

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) conducts several mail and telephone-based surveys throughout the year to track important health trends, evaluate public education campaigns, and monitor public health programs in Rhode Island. Your assistance is vital to our efforts to collect quality data and provide the public with robust health-related information. We value your time, participation, and feedback regarding our efforts to prevent disease and protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Rhode Island.

Why you are important

Taking part in the survey is voluntary but very important to make sure that the results truly represent the people of Rhode Island. Because of the small number of respondents picked, it is important to have everyone's answers. If you were chosen and do not participate, no one can replace you.

How we protect your privacy

We recognize that some people may be hesitant to answer questions from strangers, or may have concerns about providing private (health) information in a survey. While we may ask personal health-related questions and standard demographic questions like a person's gender or age, we will never ask for your social security number, credit card information, or other personal financial records. If you are unsure if the call you received is from the Rhode Island Department of Health, or if you still have questions, please call the RIDOH Information Line at 401-222-5960.

Legitimate surveys conducted on behalf of the Rhode Island Department of Health, will include the following:

  • A statement introducing the topic of the survey
  • A statement confirming the survey is being conducted on behalf of the Rhode Island Department of Health
  • A contact name and telephone number for general questions regarding the survey
  • Contact information for the State employee responsible for the survey project