The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is directed by Siobhan Power. She is responsible for supervising all aspects of the project such as development, planning, and data collection, and data submissions. She is assisted by Research Project Coordinators, Research Project Assistants, and over a dozen part-time phone interviewers. Coordinators and assistants are responsible for training and supervising project staff, overseeing data collection efforts, monitoring and calculating response rates, assuring full compliance with human subjects and privacy protocols, and ensuring data quality. The BCSR is currently contracted by the District of Columbia’s Department of Health to conduct BRFSS.
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the nation’s premier system of health-related telephone surveys that collect state data about U.S. residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. BRFSS is a cross-sectional telephone survey that state health departments conduct monthly over landline telephones and cellular telephones with a standardized questionnaire and technical and methodologic assistance from CDC. BRFSS is used to collect prevalence data among adult U.S. residents regarding their risk behaviors and preventive health practices that can affect their health status. Respondent data are forwarded to CDC to be aggregated for each state, returned with standard tabulations, and published at year’s end by each state.
The BCSR works with the client to develop procedures that follow the CDC and BRFSS data collection guides as well as provide input on methods that will help achieve the highest possible response rate. The BCSR maintains procedures to ensure respondents’ confidentiality, assure and document the quality of the interviewing process, and supervise and monitor the interviewers. The BCSR conducts the BRFSS surveys using the Ci3 WinCati, a computer-assisted telephone interview system supported by the CDC. Along with following the suggested BRFSS interviewing schedule, the BCSR staffs multiple bilingual (English/Spanish) speakers to conduct the research.
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