The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to State and Territorial Health Departments to maintain and expand:
1) Specific health surveillance using telephone and multi-mode survey methodology for the behaviors of the general population that contribute to the occurrences and prevention
of chronic diseases, injuries, and other public health threats;
2) The collection, analysis, and dissemination of BRFSS data to State and Territorial Health Department Categorical Programs for their use in assessing trends, directing program planning, evaluating program priorities, developing policy, and targeting relevant population groups.
Specifically, this program will:
Add six questions specifically on health care access and use to the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey to measure the effect of ACA on the population;
Increase the BRFSS landline sample size to restore the number of completed interviews achieved to 2011 levels.
BRFSS programs should develop plans for increasing their sample size of their 2013 surveys which will increase the number of completed interviews achieved which will increase the precision of estimates in small areas and sub-populations;
Increase the proportion of cell phone interviews completed on the 2013 BRFSS survey to maintain coverage and validity - achieving at least a 25% completed interview rate by cell phone mode.