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Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Results

As part of the Kent County Community Health Needs Assessment, the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) gathering information, opinions and data about health and social issues from those who live in the community. To aid in this process, KCHD is participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which has a long history of collecting information on health behaviors and chronic disease. Fifteen states participated in the first BRFSS, conducted in 1984, Kent County previously did a BRFSS survey in 2008.

BRFSS collects data on the six individual-level behavioral health risk factors associated with the leading causes of premature mortality and morbidity among adults: 1) cigarette smoking, 2) alcohol use, 3) physical activity, 4) diet, 5) hypertension, and 6) safety belt use. By collecting behavioral health risk data at the state and local level, BRFSS has become a powerful tool for targeting and building health promotion activities. As a result, BRFSS users have increasingly demanded more data and asked for more questions on the survey.

  • What is the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)?

  • How do you conduct the survey?

  • What type of information does the BRFSS collect? How often is it collected?

  • What is done with this information?

  • Who takes part in the BRFSS survey? Are they compensated?

  • Can I download the survey data? Is documentation available?

  • What are the components of the BRFSS questionnaire?

  • Where can I obtain a copy of the BRFSS questionnaire?

  • Is the BRFSS questionnaire available in languages other than English?

  • How are home telephone numbers obtained?

  • I have other questions. Whom should I ask?

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700 Fuller Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Public Health Clinics

(616) 632-7100

(616) 632-7083

Mark Hall, MD, MPH
Medical Director

Adam London, RS, MPA
Administrative Health Officer

Animal Shelter

740 Fuller Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Closed for Lunch:
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Adoptions end 1 hour prior to closing.
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(616) 632-7300

(616) 632-7324

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Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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(616) 632-6892

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