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Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) (MD Health Study)

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is an ongoing telephone surveillance program designed to collect data on the behaviors and conditions that place Marylanders at risk for chronic diseases, injuries, and preventable infectious diseases.

The data collected are used to characterize health behaviors, ascertain the prevalence of risk factors, and target demographic groups with increased needs. Knowing the type and frequency of health issues and risky behaviors enables the public health professionals to devise and implement programs geared toward the prevention of chronic diseases, injury, and disability.

The typical sample size is approximately 8,900 households, and collects information mainly on residents 18 years of age and older.

BRFSS data from 1995 to the present can be found at  Data can be analyzed by year, demographics, as well as by state or specific jurisdictions.

If you have been contacted to participate in this survey and have questions or would like additional information, please contact:

The Office of Health Policy and Planning
Family Health Administration
Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene 201 West Preston St., Room 315
Baltimore, MD 21201
E-mail:  Please put “BRFSS” in the subject line.
Fax: 410-333-7501
General Telephone Number: 410-767-5300
Helio Lopez, BRFSS Coordinator
Sara Barra, Epidemiologist

BRFSS Resources