Answering these and other questions about the health of North Dakotans is the role of the North Dakota Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Each year, several thousand North Dakotans agree to be interviewed by telephone and anonymously provide this critical health information. The North Dakota Department of Health wishes to express its thanks to North Dakotans who have participated.
The BRFSS is conducted in 50 states and the U.S. territories with the assistance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. North Dakota has been collecting BRFSS data since 1984. The data collected in North Dakota is used to develop health policy, design and evaluate public health programs, monitor the health risks and health status of North Dakota residents, determine the attitudes and beliefs of North Dakotans about important health issues, and meet data needs for researchers both in the state and nationwide.
Each month throughout the year, telephone calls are made to randomly selected households, and a single adult respondent is asked if he or she will participate. Although some North Dakotans choose not to participate, North Dakota has one of the highest response rates in the nation.