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Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System Conducts New Cycle of Surveys
The PRCHN is conducting a new cycle of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Established in 1984 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the BRFSS is a comprehensive health behavior survey that allows for the collection of standardized and detailed information on various health indicators. The local BRFSS is a point-in-time survey conducted via telephone interviews of randomly selected adults aged 18 years and older from randomly sampled, telephone-equipped households in the city of Cleveland. Survey administration is completed by internationally recognized survey research firm ICF International on behalf of the PRCHN.

Trained ICF representatives, using a computer-generated list of phone numbers, began calling Clevelanders in November. Once the person has been screened to ensure that the phone is a landline instead of a cell phone, s/he is over 18, and lives in the city limits of Cleveland rather than a suburb, the ICF representative obtains consent to conduct the phone survey. The survey consists of approximately 100 questions about health behaviors, such as diet, physical activity, smoking and alcohol, and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you happen to receive one of the calls (note that it will come from a Vermont phone number, area code 802), please take the time to answer the survey questions.
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