Behavioral Risk and Injury Statistics
Behavioral Health Risks of Pennsylvania Adults
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is an annual telephone survey implemented nationwide under a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 1989, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has released annual reports using BRFSS data on various health risk behaviors, such as smoking, drinking, seat belt usage and health status.
Behavioral Health Risks for Sub-State Areas
Pennsylvania offered a BRFSS Local Sampling Program from 2002-2009 for participating individual county and multi-county regions. Reports for those participating areas can be found here. In 2010, Pennsylvania designed a stratified survey so each of the six PA health districts, along with Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties, had an equal and sufficient number of responses to assure statistically reliable analysis for these sub-state areas. The design for the 2013 and 2014 surveys is the same. This link provides access to the reports for these areas.
Tobacco data are available from a variety of sources in addition to the BRFSS. The Pennsylvania Department of Health produces reports related to tobacco use using data from surveys such as the PA Adult Tobacco Survey and the PA Youth Tobacco Survey. Topics include smoking prevalence, quit attempts and the beliefs and behaviors that impact use of tobacco and its health effects.
Using PA death and hospital discharge data, the Pennsylvania Department of Health produces several reports on topics related to violence and injury. Reports cover unintentional falls, poisonings, motor vehicle accidents, firearm violence and a variety of other injuries, suicides and homicides.