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Technical Note:

The Behavioral Risk FactorSurveillance Syst~m (BRFSS) is the largest telephone health survey in the world. It was created in the early 1980s by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to collect comparable data at the state level about preventable health condi- tions. BRFSS has since emerged as one of the few systems available to track behavioral risk factors, health practices, and prevalence rates associated with leading chronic diseases. BRFSS telephone surveys provide data that policy makers and public health professionals rely on to identify rnajor health risks, design interventions, set goals, and measure progress toward those goals. BRFSS data, for example, are used to track a number of Healthy People 2010 objectives at the national, state, and local levels.

The 2005 Paso del Norte Border Report was produced using data from the local BRFSS conducted in EI Paso County Texas and Doña Ana County New Mexico. BRFSS data were gathered from random digit dialed telephone interviews with area residents through a survey process that strictly adhered to CDC methods and standards for qua'ity assurance. The Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing

(CATI) systern was used by the data collection contractor. The sarvple includes responses from non-institutionalized individuals over the age

of 18 The final sample size was 1418 for both counties; 653 samples were collected in EI Paso County and 765 samples were collected in Doña Ana County. The data were collected January 2005 through December 2005. Because the methods of these local area BRFSS projects adhere to CDC standards, survey results are generally accepted by public health professionals and can be compared to BRFSS data collected from the nation, state, and other cornmunities.


The Center for Border Health Research, with funding from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, is oleased to present the results of this important study on the region's health. The Border Report is produced and distributed whenever relevant data are ready for release and is intended to serve as an information source for prograrn planners, grant writers, researchers, and policy makers at the national, state, and



A special thanks to Jim VanDerslice, PhD for the invaluable statistical consultation provided to this project.

The Center for Border rlealth Research promotes and supports health research in the Paso del Norte region of far west Texas, southern New Mexico, and northerr Chihuahua, Mexico. The Center's mission is to ensure a sound, well-defined research agenda and enhance effort to pursue that agenda leading to improvements in the health status of the Paso del Norte community.

Suggested Citation:

Paso del Norte Health Foundation (PdNHF). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. EI Paso, Texas: Paso del Norte Health Foundation, Center for Border Health Research. (2005).


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1The figures for Texas, New Mexico, and the United States were taken from

the CDC website, wwcdc.gov/brfss. The U.s. figures include each of the states and Washington, D.C., and are the median of all values from all the

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2006. 5 Statistics provided for the nation as a whole are median values for all the

states and Washington D.C.; see the Centers for Disease and Control

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http://wwamericanheart.org/presenter.jhtmJ?identifier~82o. Accessed

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http://ww.cdc.gov/nccdphp/sgr/ataglan.htm.Accessed on October 16,

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http://ww.s2mw.com/heartofdiabetes/index.html. Accessed on October

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