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Health Behaviors and Risk Factors
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a state-based system of health surveys that collects information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primarily related to chronic disease and injury.  BRFSS is conducted at random by telephone to state residents aged 18 years and older. In 2001 the state of North Carolina started collecting a sample of Mecklenburg County residents that is representative of all Mecklenburg County adults. BRFSS interviews are conducted monthly and data are analyzed annually (on a calendar-year basis). 
Selected Indicators BRFSS 2006-2008.pdfSelected Indicators BRFSS 2006-2008.pdf57 KB
Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

In 2005, with encouragement and support from CDC, the Mecklenburg County Health Department (MCHD) and Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District (CMS) formed a partnership in order to conduct a local YRBS survey among high school students. In 2007 middle school students were added. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was developed in 1990 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States.  The YRBS is administered at the middle and/or high school level by individual states, counties and/or cities in odd-numbered years to coincide with the national high school administration of the YRBS conducted by the CDC. The survey measures behaviors such as:
  • unintentional injuries and violence
  • tobacco, alcohol and other drug use
  • sexual behaviors that result in HIV infection, other sexually transmitted diseases, and unintended pregnancies
  • nutrition
  • physical activity
  • self reported height and weight to allow calculation of body mass index
2009 YRBS Middle School Highlights.pdf2009 YRBS Middle School Highlights.pdf342 KB
2009 YRBS High School Highlights.pdf2009 YRBS High School Highlights.pdf200 KB
2009 YRBS Health Disparities High School.pdf2009 YRBS Health Disparities High School.pdf246 KB
2007 YRBS Middle School Highlights.pdf2007 YRBS Middle School Highlights.pdf279 KB
2007 YRBS High School Highlights.pdf2007 YRBS High School Highlights.pdf274 KB
2007 YRBS Health Disparities High School.pdf2007 YRBS Health Disparities High School.pdf323 KB
2005 YRBS Report.pdf2005 YRBS Report.pdf1179 KB
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