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Nov 28

Kansas Health Risk Behavior Reports

Posted on November 28, 2016 at 12:13 PM by Bill Sowers

The Health Risk Behavior Reports issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are surveys regarding both physical and mental health risks in behavior and lifestyle of Kansans. In the 2013 report (published in March 2015) the suveillance system is described as follows:

"The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a random digit dial telephone survey of non-institutionalized adults 18 years old and older living in private residences with landline and/or cell phone service. If applicable, adult respondents also provide limited data on a randomly selected child in the household via surrogate interview."

The System issues both a general health risk reports as well as health risk reports covering specific topics such as veterans health, depression and anxiety, mental illness, tobacco use, adverse childhood experiences, environmental factors, disability, caregivers and care recipients, economic instability as a social determinant of health, obesity and sexual violence.

You can view the general reports in the KGI Online Library here:


The specific topic reports can be found in the KGI Online Library here:


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also has many of these reports as well as others online at:


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