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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health
South Dakota Department of Health

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

What is the BRFSS?

The BRFSS is a yearly, telephone survey administered by the South Dakota Department of Health in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey collects data on the general health and health risks of South Dakota residents. Most questions on the survey are provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with a few state-added questions asked only in South Dakota.

WHY TAKE PART IN THE SURVEY?

Participation in the survey is voluntary, but your cooperation will help the South Dakota Department of Health collect important data on the health-related risk behaviors, health conditions, and use of preventative services by South Dakota’s residents. This data is used by the various programs within the Department to evaluate past initiatives and to plan future actions that target chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Potential respondents’ landline or cellular telephone numbers are randomly selected to participate in the BRFSS and will receive a call from our contractor Issues and Answers Network, Inc. Issues & Answers works seven days a week including Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central time. If called at an inconvenient time, you may schedule an alternate time for the interviewer to call back. The call will come from (605) 305-3003 and will display as SD Health Survey. The interviewer will identify him or herself as calling on behalf of the South Dakota Department of Health.

All of the information collected is strictly confidential. Individual responses are combined and presented as one figure for each respective question asked on the survey. Thus, no individual responses can ever be identified.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

Depending on your response(s) to certain question(s), the survey may take a longer or shorter amount of time to complete. However, the average length of the survey is 23 minutes.

BRFSS Reports

The Health Behaviors of South Dakotans - 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

CONTACT

Mark Gildemaster
BRFSS Project Director
Office of Health Statistics | South Dakota Department of Health
615 East 4th Street | Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773.3596 | E-mail: mark.gildemaster@state.sd.us