Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Behavioral Data from CDC

2009 SMART BRFSS Data and Prevalence Tables Now Available
2009 BRFSS Maps Now Available
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The CDC's Behavioral Surveillance Branch in the Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Coordinating Center for Health Promotion, is pleased to announce the joint release of the 2009 SMART BRFSS data and prevalence tables and the BRFSS Maps. This marks the first-ever joint launch of SMART and Maps data, as well as the earliest launch ever for either SMART or Maps.
SMART BRFSS (Selected Metropolitan/Micropolitan Area Risk Trends from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) began with the analysis of data from the 2002 BRFSS. It now includes data from 2002 through 2009, with prevalence estimates for more than 200 metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas (MMSAs), as well as many counties within those areas. As with the past data, the Web site includes the data sets and prevalence tables for MMSAs and counties, as well as pre-set Quick View charts which compare county, MMSA, and state data for seven select risk factors in an easy-to-print PDF format.

There are seven additional MMSAs with data available for 2009, including Evansville, IN-KY; Fort Wayne, IN; Gallup, NM; Heber, UT; Lawrence, KS; Manhattan, KS; and Pascagoula, MS.

BRFSS Maps is a system that allows users to visualize the prevalence estimates, making them more accessible to a variety of audiences.  Users can choose to map the entire country, or to zoom in on a region or state, including the MMSAs within that area.  Users can also download GIS data files.

The SMART BRFSS data and prevalence tables are located at http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/brfss-smart/index.asp.

The BRFSS Maps are located at http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/gisbrfss/default.aspx.

For more information, please contact Lina Balluz, Sc.D., M.P.H. at 770-488-2466 or lib7@cdc.gov.

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