Frequently Asked Questions

What is the BRFSS?
How are BRFSS data collected?
Who participates in the BRFSS?
What kinds of questions are on the BRFSS?
If someone wants to verify that this is a valid survey, whom should they contact?
If all 50 states participate in the BRFSS, does that mean that the same questions are asked in every state?
How are the BRFSS Data used?
How can I access BRFSS data?
Is the BRFSS data available to researchers?
Does DHSS conduct other BRFSS-like Surveys?
What if I am interested in BRFSS for my county?
Who do I contact for more information?

What is the BRFSS?

How are BRFSS data collected?

Who participates in the BRFSS?

What kinds of questions are on the BRFSS?

If someone wants to verify that this is a valid survey, whom should they contact?
The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) administers the BRFSS survey. DHSS contracts with the University of Missouri Columbia to conduct the telephone interviews. Individuals who have questions concerning the legitimacy of the survey should contact the Janet Wilson, BRFSS Coordinator at 573/526-6660 or Janet.Wilson@health.mo.gov

If all 50 states participate in the BRFSS, does that mean that the same questions are asked in every state?

How are the BRFSS Data used?

BRFSS data are used for many purposes, including:

 How can I access BRFSS data?

 Is the BRFSS data available to researchers?

Does DHSS conduct other BRFSS-like Surveys?

What if I am interested in BRFSS for my county?
DHSS staff can provide you with consultation regarding the scientific and statistical measures that must be used in conducting community assessment surveys so that survey data are representative of the intended population and that the results can be compared to regional, state and national data.

Who do I contact for more information?
For further information, contact Janet Wilson, BRFSS Coordinator at 573/526-6660 or Janet.Wilson@health.mo.gov