Surveillance and observational data used at the PRCHN are obtained though several data collection tools
by trained observers and survey administrators to ensure high levels of data integrity and reliability. The attributes collected are indicators of social constructs related to personal and neighborhood characteristics that might influence behavior and behavior change.
Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Youth Risk Behavior Survey
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a school-based survey tailored to fit local needs and addressing a wide range of topics, such as behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries; dietary behaviors, physical activity, obesity, overweight, and weight control; alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drug use; behaviors that contribute to violence; sexual behaviors; and other health topics. The Cleveland-Cuyahoga YRBS follows the methods established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, allowing local data to be compared to state and national estimates.
Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Since 2003, the PRCHN has periodically collected data through phone-based surveys to assess health-related risk behaviors, chorinc health conditions, and use of preventive services among adults 18 and older in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. The local Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
follows the methods established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, allowing local data to be compared to state and national estimates.
The projects of the PRCHN use a number of data collection tools and instruments to collect data. We are pleased to be able to share our tools and protocols here for others to use.