The Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) is part of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an ongoing system of health surveys carried out by 54 state and territory health departments. BRFSS is coordinated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and uses dual landline and cell phone samples to conduct interviews with more than 400,000 adults ages 18 and older every year.
The survey addresses risk behaviors related to smoking, alcohol use, physical activity and overweight; prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and hypertension; and receipt of recommended cancer and cholesterol screening tests. BRFSS data are used extensively by public health departments and are the basis of numerous articles in public health research journals and other publications.
American Indian Behavioral Health - Short Report (P-01258) (PDF) (May 2016). This short report examines mental health and related risk factors among American Indian adults in Wisconsin compared to all other adults.
- Health-Related Quality of Life: Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance, 2012-2013 (P-00929) (PDF) (January 2015).
Linking Mental and Physical Health: Results from the Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (P-00066) (April 2009)
This report presents findings from the 2006 and 2007 BRFS mental health modules, analyzed with relevant demographic, health risk, chronic disease, functioning and quality of life variables. It shows the individual-level burden and diminished quality of life experienced by Wisconsin adults who have serious psychological distress (2007) or depression (2006). The report includes an afterword describing several models of integrated mental and physical health treatment.