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Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Expansion

One Health Kansas

University of Kansas Master of
Public Health Degree Expansion

Kansas Action for Children (KAC) Support

Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition (TFKC) Capacity Building

Faith and Leadership Initiative

Dental Hubs and Spokes: Expanding Access to Oral Health Care in Kansas

Kansas Health Ethics

Kansas Health Care Collaborative

Governor’s Health and Human Service Fellows

Kansas Health Institute Underinsurance Study

2008 Major Initiatives
Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Expansion
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a phone survey used by most states to identify leading adult health risk behaviors. This survey identifies items such as how many people use tobacco on a regular basis, eat a high-fat diet or live sedentary lifestyles. Data gathered using this system are then used by public health leaders to develop programs that will respond to the identified health needs.

Some level of funding to administer the BRFSS in all 50 states is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with Kansas currently having sufficient funding from CDC to collect data on a statewide basis and specific data from the state’s two most populous counties. While this information is important, it does not address the need for more localized data. Community efforts to improve health behaviors and evaluate health outcomes are largely dependent on the availability of accurate and adequate data at the local level.

Funds from this grant will be used by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to double the number of respondents for the survey. This will allow for the collection of data on a more localized level, with county-specific data available for the 60 most highly-populated counties in the state. Data will also be available by region for rural areas. The expansion of BRFSS will better equip local communities throughout the state to address, develop, track and evaluate health interventions targeting health risk behaviors.