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State of Alaska

Alaska Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, BRFSS Program
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's state-based public health surveillance system for adults (i.e., individuals 18 years of age and older). The Alaska BRFSS (AK BRFSS) has collected information since 1991. It uses a random sample procedure in which all Alaskan households with a telephone (land-line or cellular) have a specific likelihood of being selected. Stratified random sampling is used to ensure regional representation. After being collected, data are weighted to assure a balanced representation of various subgroups and to reflect the total population of the each area.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)Alcohol consumption
Anxiety and depressionAsthma
Cardiovascular diseaseChild health insurance
Cancer screening Chronic diseases
DemographicsDiabetes
DisabilityDrinking and driving
Emotional support and life satisfaction Exercise
Falls Food security
Health care accessHealth care provider
Health status Immunization
HIV/AIDSInjury
Mental health Nutrition
Oral health Obesity
Seatbelt useSexual violence and intimate partner violence
Smokeless tobacco useTobacco use
Veteran's statusWomen's health
Telephone survey.
Research and planning by various state, local and private organizations.
Adults (18 years of age and older), households, children (0-17 years of age)
Data are available in "bridged" race categories.
Age, sex, and regionally statified random sample of Alaska adult (18+) residents
Demographic (age, sex, race), regional (community to state), and socioeconomic (marital status, sexual orientation, education, income, employment, poverty, housing) groupings possible.
State and sub-state (e.g., Public Health Regions, boroughs/census areas, tribal health organization regions, behavioral health assessment reporting regions, metropolitan/micropolitan statistical areas). Analysis by ad hoc groupings is also possible dependent upon sample sizes.
Annually since 1991.
Random-digit telephone survey of land-line and cellular telephone numbers within the state.
Voluntary participation.
In some cases, when responses are stratified by categories of interest, the denominator in one or more subgroups drops below 50, producing an unreliable result. For this reason, data from multiple years may be aggregated and reported as a multi-year annual average. This strategy reduces the impact of variations in the data between years and improves the precision of the prevalence estimates. When desired, Alaska data can be age-adjusted using the US 2000 Standard Population to allow for comparability with national data.
Current, local health indicators
The one main limitation of any telephone survey is that those people without phones cannot be reached and are not represented. This issue has been partially addressed since 2011 with the inclusion of cellular telephones.
In some cases, when responses are stratified by categories of interest, the denominator in one or more subgroups drops below 50, producing an unreliable result that is suppressed. For this reason, data from multiple years may be aggregated and reported as a multi-year annual average. This strategy reduces the impact of variations in the data between years and improves the precision of the prevalence estimates. When desired, Alaska data can be age-adjusted using the US 2000 Standard Population to allow for comparability with national data.
For data requests that cannot be satisfied through the available links or to learn how to obtain copies of the BRFSS data files, contact the BRFSS Coordinator at BRFSS@alaska.gov or call (907) 465-8540.
Aulasa J. Liendo, MA, MPH
BRFSS Coordinator
(907) 465-8540
Aulasa.Liendo@Alaska.gov or BRFSS@alaska.gov
BRFSS Program
Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Public Health,
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
PO Box 110616
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0616

The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (Ak-IBIS) web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Mon, 19 February 2018 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov ".

Content updated: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 15:41:22 AKST
The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics AK-IBIS web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Mon, 19 February 2018 1:12:48 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/ ".

Content updated: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 15:41:22 AKST