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How are BRFSS data used?

BRFSS data are used for many purposes, including:

  • Assessing risk for chronic diseases, some infectious diseases and injuries;
  • Identifying demographic differences and trends in health-related behaviors;
  • Designing, monitoring and evaluating health interventions and services;
  • Addressing emergent and critical health issues;
  • Formulating policy and proposing legislation for health initiatives; and
  • Measuring progress toward achieving state and national health objectives.

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