Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (Expanded BRFSS)

The Expanded Risk Factor Surveillance System (Expanded BRFSS) augments the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which is conducted annually in New York State. Expanded BRFSS is a random-digit-dialed telephone survey among adults 18 years of age and older representative of the non-institutionalized civilian population with landline and cellular telephones living in New York State. The goal of Expanded BRFSS surveys is to collect county-specific data on preventive health practices, risk behaviors, injuries and preventable chronic and infectious diseases. Topics assessed by the Expanded BRFSS include tobacco use, physical inactivity, diet, use of cancer screening services, and other factors linked to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality.

2013 - 2014 Expanded BRFSS

For the 2013-14 Expanded BRFSS, survey data collection occurred in 58 geographic areas of New York State, including each of the 57 counties outside of New York City and New York City (5 counties) as a single area. A standard questionnaire was utilized in all areas. Data collection for the 2013-14 Expanded BRFSS took place during the period of April 2013-March 2014. The goal was to complete at least 400 interviews in each area. The final number of interviews varies because of the sampling design of the survey and differential response rates. The 2013-14 Expanded BRFSS survey was designed and implemented in a similar manner as the annual BRFSS surveys.

A respondent-level file containing data from the 2013-14 Expanded BRFSS is available upon request. Requestors will need to complete a data request form, including a confidentiality agreement. The data request form can be obtained by calling the NYS BRFSS Coordinator at (518) 473-0673, or by sending an email to brfss@health.ny.gov.

2008 - 2009 Expanded BRFSS

For the 2008-09 Expanded BRFSS, survey data collection occurred in 58 geographic areas of New York State, including each of the 57 counties outside of New York City and New York City (5 counties) as a single area. A standard questionnaire was utilized in all areas. Data collection for the 2008-09 Expanded BRFSS took place during the period of July 2008 through June 2009. The goal was to complete about 650 interviews in each area. The final number of interviews varies because of the sampling design of the survey and differential response rates.

2002 - 2003 Expanded BRFSS

The 2002-03 Expanded BRFSS survey was conducted from July 2002 through July 2003 in 38 localities (individual counties and county groupings) comprising the entire state. Neighboring rural counties were grouped into logical planning areas in consultation with the New York State Association of County Health Officials. Administration of the random digit dialed telephone survey closely adhered to the annual BRFSS survey protocol procedures developed by CDC.

The target sample size for each locality was 640 completed interviews, with the final number varying according to local sampling variability and response rates. The Expanded BRFSS questionnaire was constructed of standard BRFSS items and modules developed by the CDC. Questionnaire development began with the selection of a common set of Core items and modules to be asked in each of the 38 localities. Representatives from each county and from DOH programs prioritized topics to constitute Core set of questionnaire items asked in all localities. Each locality was then allowed to select Optional items and modules of particular interest to their respective area to complete the balance of their specific questionnaire. In localities opting not to select Optional questionnaire items, a Standard questionnaire developed by DOH was administered.

Requests for additional information, or materials in an alternate format can be made by sending ane-mail message to brfss@health.ny.gov.