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Survey Data

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The Division of Community Health Promotion's Public Health Research Unit plays a very important role in monitoring and evaluating health conditions and associated risk and protective factors among Floridians through several population-based surveillance systems:

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a rolling telephone survey of Florida adults on a wide range of health issues including, but not limited to: physical activity, diet, tobacco and alcohol use, HIV/AIDS, asthma, diabetes, and cancer screenings. This survey has been conducted annually since 1986 in Florida. Data from this survey have been used for health planning, program evaluation, and monitoring health objectives in Florida.

Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS) is a self-administrated, confidential, school-based survey of Florida public middle and high school students annually starting from 1998. The purpose of FYTS is to monitor and evaluate progress of Florida's tobacco control program. The data collected in this survey include the following subject areas: tobacco usage; tobacco use prevention education in school; students' thoughts about tobacco use; influence of anti-tobacco media and influence from tobacco companies; secondhand smoke exposure; and perceptions of tobacco laws among youth.

Florida Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a self-administrated, confidential, school-based survey of Florida public high school students every odd-numbered year since 1991. Since 2001, the increased response rates have facilitated analyses of the YRBS data to produce state-level prevalence. The data collected in this survey include the following subject areas: unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors; dietary behaviors; and physical activity.

Middle School Health Behavior Survey (MSHBS) is a self-administrated, confidential, school-based survey of Florida public middle school students every odd-numbered year since 2009. The data collected in this survey include the following subject areas: unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; dietary behaviors; and physical activity.

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is an ongoing, random survey, followed up by a phone interview if no response from survey, of mothers of Florida newborns. This survey has been conducted annually since 1993 in Florida. It is designed to provide information about risk factors for adverse health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy for mother and newborn.

Florida Health Survey is an ongoing survey of Florida's adults conducted by telephone, on the internet and by mail. It is conducted by RTI International, an independent nonprofit research organization as part of the evaluation of the Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida (BTFF). This survey asks Florida residents about their health, their opinions about tobacco, and their awareness of anti-tobacco advertisements. In addition to program evaluation, the data from this survey are used by BTFF for planning and monitoring of health objectives. This survey is also know as the Florida Adult Tobacco Survey.

Women and Infants Survey for Health (WISH) is a random population-based surveillance system of maternal behaviors and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. The Florida Department of Health initiated WISH for Florida in 2013. Data collected by the Florida WISH include information on maternal health and behaviors, prenatal and postpartum care, and infant health in the state of Florida.