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

  • All states are required by CDC to include a set of “Fixed Core” questions on each annual questionnaire. Examples of fixed core questions include, but are not limited to demographics, health status, insurance status and tobacco use.
  • States may include CDC “Optional Modules.” States may elect to include one or more standardized optional modules, based on state interests and the availability of funds.
  • States also have the option of including one or more “State-added - Questions.” These are questions developed by the state's BRFSS staff in collaboration with program staff or a funding agency in response to a specific need for information.

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