States use BRFSS data to:
- Identify emerging health problems
- Establish health objectives and track their progress
- Develop and evaluate public health policies and programs to address identified problems
The BRFSS is the primary source of information for states and the nation on the health-related behaviors of adults. States collect data through monthly interviews with adults aged 18 years or older. BRFSS interviewers ask questions related to behaviors that are associated with preventable chronic diseases, injuries and infectious diseases.
Survey calls for the Virginia BRFSS are taking place now. If you receive a phone call from 804-864-7686 or 571-260-1267 on behalf of the Virginia Department of Health asking you to answer some questions about your health and health practices, it is a legitimate phone call. A contractor, identified through a transparent state bidding process, conducts the interviews. Abt Associates is the interviewing contractor for the Virginia BRFSS. Abt Associates works seven days a week from 9am to 8:45pm, including Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm.
Data Request Form: To ensure that we can meet your desired timeline, please submit your request at least two weeks prior to when the information will be needed.