Hawaii Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the world’s largest ongoing telephone survey of adults.  The BRFSS is coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and originally collected data on health behaviors relevant to the leading causes of death, but has expanded to include other topics including healthcare access, use of preventive health services and emerging health issues. Hawaii has been participating in the BRFSS since 1986 and the number of people surveyed each year has grown from 500 to over 6,000.

Perhaps you or someone you know has been called by our survey contractor. BRFSS participants are randomly selected from houses with listed and unlisted landline telephone numbers as well as cell phone numbers. Interviews are conducted daily from noon time to evenings up to 9pm.  If you are called, please participate and thank you, in advance. Statistical results from this survey will help plan for program improvements that we hope will lead to better health for all people of Hawaii.

We gratefully acknowledge and thank the BRFSS interviewers and residents of Hawaii State who have graciously participated in this survey since 1986.

Below you can find links to the findings of the Hawaii BRFSS surveys both past and present, as well as special reports and a Geographic Information System (GIS) application showing results from 2005 to 2010. Results for the nation as well as individual states and US territories can be found on the CDC’s BRFSS Website.

In 2011, the BRFSS underwent two major changes:

  1. Cellular phone numbers were included in the sampling frame in response to the growing number of people who use cellular phones for their telephone needs.
  2. The weighting methodology was changed to iterative proportional weighting (also known as “raking”) to be in line with other national surveillance systems.

As a result, data from 2011 forward cannot be directly compared with data from 2010 and before. Year specific information on survey methods is provided in each annual report.

The BRFSS survey has been conducted annually since 1986. Data is electronically available beginning in 1994. The sampling frame included noninstitutionalized  adults with a working landline telephone number. This page provides links to historical data reports from the year of 2000 to 2010. In you require data from a previous year please contact brfsshi@doh.hawaii.gov.

Download links are available for the following years

View the interactive Instant Atlas application by clicking HERE or on the image below;

If you have any questions or comments about HBRFSS, please email us or contact the Department of Health at (808)586-4509.