Indiana has used the system to
- Monitor statewide progress toward Healthy People 2010
objectives in tobacco use, cardiovascular disease, weight, physical
activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, breast and cervical cancer, and
- Produce educational materials for many audiences to increase awareness
of Indiana's health status.
- Use data from the arthritis module and core questions to help the
Indiana Arthritis Foundation plan interventions for people diagnosed with
or at risk for arthritis.
- Analyze major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and compare
county versus state disease mortality for selected counties.
- Share information and results of analyses with programs that plan
interventions for cardiovascular disease.
- Analyze 10 years of data on the demographics and the risk factor
status of pregnant women in Indiana and compare data with that of other
women of childbearing age.
- Compare information on smoking and alcohol use from birth certificates
with BRFSS data to give the state a way to judge the validity of birth
- Assess the burden of asthma in the state.
Iowa has used the system to
- Inform the Iowa legislature about projected increases in numbers of
mammograms for high-risk women for use in budgeting considerations.
- Develop statewide, county-by-county synthetic prevalence estimates of
various risk factors.
- Provide baseline data for a comprehensive cancer control program.
- Assess disease burden and other data related to the diabetes control
- Provide disease burden and other data related to the asthma program.
- Estimate the prevalence of problem gambling from state-added BRFSS
- Provide data to the cardiovascular health program on overweight,
physical activity, and other risk measures.
- Provide prevalence data to the disability program.
- Provide baseline data for developing and funding applications of
various health programs.
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Kansas has used the system to
- Provide testimony on the burden of obesity in Kansas as part of a
hearing on legislation related to obesity prevention during the Kansas
2001 legislative session.
- Provide data related to health insurance, sedentary lifestyle,
overweight and obesity, seat belt use, and sexual behavior for use in
"Health Behaviors and Risk Factors," one of six sections in the State
of Health in Kansas report to the 2002 legislature.
- Provide nutrition and physical activity data to the Kansas LEAN 21
program as a basis for developing six Healthy People 2010
objectives for a coordinated state response.
- Evaluate programs and monitor diabetes issues to address the
increasing incidence of diabetes and obesity across the nation and in
- Demonstrate gaps in quality of care for persons with diabetes in
Wichita compared with the rest of the state by combining and analyzing
BRFSS data across several years.
- Calculate an expected hospitalization rate among persons with diabetes
for a physician group in Wichita/Sedgwick County for use in comparing
their hospitalization rates post intervention with those of the rest of
- Collect surveillance data on end-of-life care for the purpose of
- Provide data to the Kansas Breast and Cervical Cancer Initiative for
use in estimating the number of women needing breast or cervical cancer
screening, access to services, and use of services by region.
- Establish baseline values related to skin, breast, cervical, colon,
and prostate cancer for the Kansas Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
- Use BRFSS data to support the objectives in Arthritis in Kansas,
an informational and state capacity planning document for addressing
arthritis and related conditions in Kansas.
- Provide data to public health organizations for use in seeking funds
and in program development and evaluation.
Kentucky has used the system to
- Create and Monitor Healthy Kentuckians 2010 and Healthy People 2010
- Provide grant preparation data for programs on immunization, HIV/AIDS,
arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, tobacco control, folic acid,
and family planning.
- Disseminate data to state and local health department programs on risk
factors by demographic groups and Area Development District.
- Provide arthritis data to be included in the Kentucky Arthritis Plan of
- Plan and evaluate family planning programs.
- Target and evaluate the folic acid awareness campaign.
- Provide data to the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center to assess
smoke alarm testing in Kentucky.
- Develop and evaluate a program to increase the number of persons in the
Bluegrass region who eat five fruits and vegetables a day.
- Assess risk factors relating to women's health for the publication Women's
Health: Data Developments and Decisions.
- Provide data for reports such as Kentucky Health Behavior Trends 1997-99,
Impact of Diabetes in the Commonwealth of Kentucky 1999, and Kentucky State
of the Heart 2000.
- Prepare fact sheets and press releases on the importance of tobacco control.
- Provide HIV testing data used to promote HIV Testing Day.
- Develop portions of the epidemiologic profile included in the Kentucky HIV
- Assess colorectal cancer screening rates by area development district and
compare these data to colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates.
- Monitor increases in breast and cervical cancer screening and map these data
by area development districts.
Louisiana has used the system to
- Document the association between lack of health insurance or
inadequate health insurance, selected risk factors, and use of clinical
- Plan and evaluate programs and policies concerning health issues that
include breast and cervical cancer screening and worksite physical
- Comply with legislatively mandated health assessments (health report
cards) and respond to legislative inquiries.
- Educate managed care organizations about the need for prevention
programs on nutrition, tobacco use, and physical activity.
Maine has used the system to
- Evaluate the status of women's health in Maine.
- Provide data for Women's Health: A Maine Profile 2001.
- Develop and monitor indicators for Maine's Comprehensive Cancer
- Develop health profiles for 10 of Maine's 16 counties.
- Support implementation of the Maine Partnership for a Tobacco-Free
Maine by providing data and training on data use.
- Assess the burden of chronic disease in Maine.
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Maryland has used the system to
- Document the need for and monitor the progress of prevention programs
targeting breast and cervical cancer.
- Help determine priorities for Healthy Maryland 2010.
- Incorporate data into Maryland's Health Improvement Plan.
- Help determine recommendations for distributing funds from the tobacco
- Provide data to the Governor's Task Force to End Smoking in Maryland
and the Task Force to Conquer Cancer.
- Establish priorities for local health departments through the use of
data on smoking, Pap tests, mammograms, diabetes, obesity, and high blood
- Create a profile of cancer screening needs as part of the Maryland
Cancer Control Plan.
- Determine priorities for cardiovascular disease interventions by
analyzing data on smoking, diabetes, obesity, treatment and measurement of
high blood pressure, and consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Massachusetts has used the system to
- Identify trends (1990-2000) in health characteristics and risk factors
for Massachusetts residents.
- Assess the health issues of Hispanic residents in Massachusetts during
- Provide information for a series of short reports on important health
- Estimate the intake of calcium supplements in Massachusetts women.
- Provide information for A Profile of Health Among Massachusetts
- Document the health status of residents in four cities in
- Provide data for a report that compares the health of Massachusetts
residents with that of the U.S. population.
- Assess the burden of disability in Massachusetts.
- Support the development of policies and recommendations for tobacco
- Provide information to the Bureau of Substance Abuse and Services and
the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program for use in program development.
- Provide information for developing policies on the availability of flu
- Provide data to the HIV/AIDS Bureau for use in influencing policy on
needle exchange programs.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of public health programs, including the
Osteoporosis Awareness Program, the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, and
the Diabetes Awareness Program.
- Provide data for presentations and publications on health issues in
- Provide data to the media on current health issues in the news.
- Support research and grant applications.
- Provide information to local health departments, other public health
organizations, and the medical community.
Michigan has used the system to
- Document the need for and monitor the progress of prevention programs
targeting tobacco use and breast and cervical cancer.
- Develop recommendations to the Michigan Department of Public Health
for use in developing, implementing, and evaluating statewide programs to
reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Measure three of Michigan's critical health indicators—smoking,
overweight, and obesity.
- Develop recommendations for the Michigan Department of Public Health
for use in developing, implementing, and evaluating statewide asthma
- Support the need for policy changes related to primary enforcement of
seat belt laws.
Minnesota has used the system to
- Support proposed legislation to establish a comprehensive initiative
to prevent and reduce tobacco use in Minnesota.
- Plan and evaluate Minnesota public health goals.
- Assess exposure to environmental health risks in the home from lead,
asbestos, radon, and well-water contamination.
- Monitor the use of preventive health services and the prevalence of
chronic conditions to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention
Mississippi has used the system to
- Provide information for the 2000 Mississippi State of the Heart
- Provide information for the 2000 Mississippi Stroke Report.
- Provide data for the publication Physical Activity in MS 2001: A
Report Card (Governor's Commission on Physical Fitness and Sports).
- Assess the relationship between neural tube defects and folic acid
knowledge and use in Mississippi women.
- Support the need for better asthma surveillance in Mississippi.
- Monitor progress toward Healthy People 2010 objectives.
- Assess the burden of diabetes in Mississippi.
- Estimate the prevalence of tobacco use in Mississippi.
- Provide data for grant applications, funding proposals, and
- Provide data to various programs to assist in development, policy
support, and evaluation.
Missouri has used the system to
- Provide data on progress in communicable and chronic disease reduction
for Healthy and Productive Missourians, a report monitoring progress of
the Show Me Results Program.
- Identify population groups defined by demographic and health-related
characteristics that are at greater risk of unhealthy behavior, such as
physical inactivity, smoking, low intake of fruits and vegetables, and
noncompliance with recommended health screening schedules.
- Determine levels of health care availability, including preventive
health care coverage.
Montana has used the system to
- Develop the Montana 1997-1999 Diabetes Control Plan.
- Assess immunization rates among respondents with diabetes.
- Assess diabetes prevalence rates in Montanan Native Americans.
- Monitor public attitudes toward traffic safety issues and evaluate the
efficacy of public education programs.
- Help develop intervention strategies for HIV prevention among Native
- Develop the Montana Health Agenda and state nutrition plan.
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Nebraska has used the system to
- Document the need for and monitor the progress of prevention programs
targeting breast and cervical cancer.
- Identify populations at high risk for diabetes and assess the health
behavior of these populations to support intervention program development.
- Provide risk behavior statistics to several health and human services
systems agencies to support program development and evaluation.
Nevada has used the system to
- Produce the Washoe County Health District Report Card, which
reports on the county's progress toward Healthy People 2010
- Teach students at the University of Nevada, Reno about the health
status of Nevada's citizens.
- Teach economic students at the University of Nevada, Reno the basics
of data analysis and provide experience with database manipulation and
- Plan educational interventions and design prevention materials for
diabetes control in Nevada.
- Provide data to the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Nevada
Health Division in order to identify areas of high rates of chronic and
binge drinking, and attempt to predict met and unmet treatment needs.
- Provide information to help with resource allocation decisions
regarding drug and alcohol treatment modalities to be funded.
- Support budget requests to the Nevada legislature by the Bureau of
Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Nevada Health Division.
- Assess the prevalence of drinking and driving relative to numbers of
DUI arrests and accident rates.
- Provide data for program development and educational intervention
campaigns for cervical, breast, prostate, and colon cancer.
- Plan interventions and design educational materials for the HIV/Aids
program in Nevada.
- Support legislation designed to increase financial support for
treatment and prevention, especially for efforts related to alcohol use
- Support funding applications in various program areas.
New Hampshire has used the system to
- Provide data for publications from the New Hampshire Department of
Health and Human Services and from organizations outside of the
- Provide data for the Bureau of Health Statistics and Data Management's
2001 publication Cancer Incidence and Mortality in New Hampshire, 1998.
- Provide data for the report New Hampshire Tobacco Data, 2001
prepared by the New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.
- Assess the burden of diabetes in New Hampshire.
- Examine patterns of health care use among people with diabetes in New
- Provide data for a book on the problem of drug, alcohol, and tobacco
abuse in New Hampshire.
- Provide data to the New Hampshire Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
Program for a report presented to the New England Lead Coordinating
Committee, a coalition of federal, state, and local government and
- Provide data to New Hampshire health promotion programs for grant
- Assess the asthma burden in New Hampshire.
- Provide results of an analysis of osteoporosis data to the New
Hampshire Osteoporosis Advisory Council, a panel of local practitioners,
health educators, a legislator, and health department staff.
- Provide data for Healthy New Hampshire 2010 to monitor progress
toward 2010 objectives.
- Provide information to two U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services Region I initiatives: the Asthma Regional Council surveillance
subcommittee and the Leading Health Indicators workgroup.
New Jersey has used the system to
- Assess differences in health behaviors between minority and
- Provide the scientific basis for developing Healthy New Jersey 2010
objectives for diabetes.
- Assess and report on the burden of diabetes in New Jersey.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of diabetes interventions.
- Measure progress toward goals related to the leading health
- Provide data to the Interagency Council on Osteoporosis for use in
developing a strategic plan.
- Provide detailed statistics to the state Women, Infants, and Children
Program on attitudes toward breast feeding.
- Develop reports on health issues for the publication Topics in
- Assess the burden of asthma in New Jersey.
- Provide detailed information on arthritis in New Jersey in a 50-page
report, New Jersey: Findings from the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor
- Develop a fact sheet for the New Jersey Advisory Council on Arthritis
to share with the state legislature.
- Provide data for Healthy New Jersey 2010: A Health Agenda for the
First Decade of the New Millennium.
- Evaluate progress toward state and national Healthy People 2010
- Assess the burden of cancer in New Jersey.
- Provide data for the development of intervention programs on
immunization and tobacco control.
New Mexico has used the system to
- Monitor the health status of New Mexico residents for the Vision of
- Monitor various programs' progress toward state performance objectives and
- Estimate the prevalence and distribution of disability in New Mexico.
- Provide information to the Disability Health Advisory Council to establish
the need for programs on preventing conditions secondary to disability and
to justify funding for such programs.
- Estimate the prevalence and distribution of arthritis.
- Provide data to the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Programs of the Department
of Health to estimate the need for services, education, and training
workshops on living with arthritis, and to justify funding for such
- Provide BRFSS data for the New Mexico State of Health Report, a biannual
Department of Health publication.
- Estimate the prevalence of health care coverage for the state's adult
- Provide data for program planning to the Environmental Epidemiology Unit,
the Injury Prevention & Emergency Medical Services Bureau, the Chronic
Disease Control & Prevention Bureau, the Border Health Office, and the
Family Health Bureau.
New York has used the system to
- Demonstrate the prevalence of disability and the care received by the
elderly population in New York State.
- Provide information to the New York State Office for Aging use in of
supporting budget requests.
- Monitor the effectiveness of the Performance Outcomes Measures
Project, a national demonstration project funded by the Administration on
Aging in response to a congressional mandate of the Government Performance
- Provide measures for hypertension, high cholesterol, tobacco use, poor
nutrition, physical inactivity, obesity, and diabetes to support program
planning for the Cardiovascular Disease Program and for local health
department's independent initiatives.
- Support efforts of the Tobacco Control Program to reduce smoking
prevalence in youth and adults, prevent initiation of smoking in youth,
reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, and reduce disparities in
tobacco use among affected groups.
- Provide data to the Tobacco Control Program, BRFSS and state and local
programs to use in program planning.
- Provide data on adult tobacco use for an independent evaluation of the
Tobacco Control Program.
- Support a grant application to monitor oral health status risk factors
and use of oral health services.
- Provide data to the Bureau of Sexually Transmitted Disease Control
(STD) to assess and monitor STD behavioral risks in New York State.
- Provide baseline statistics and impact evaluation measures for the
Diabetes Surveillance and Evaluation Program to monitor progress toward
the six national diabetes objectives proposed by the CDC.
- Provide data for various quarterly reports, annual summary reports,
and funding continuation applications.
North Carolina has used the system to
- Highlight the prevalence of sedentary lifestyle among North Carolina
adults and promote the development of a statewide physical fitness
- Provide data for the North Carolina Prevention Report Card and
Health Report Card.
- Determine the prevalence of disability and activity limitations among
North Carolina adults.
- Describe demographic, behavioral, and quality of life characteristics
of North Carolina adults with disabilities.
- Determine diabetes preventive care knowledge and practices among North
Carolina adults with diabetes, and describe the impact of diabetes on
cardiovascular disease burden in North Carolina.
North Dakota has used the system to
- Plan public health programs.
- Set disease prevention and health promotion priorities.
- Enhance chronic disease surveillance systems.
- Inform the media, public health professionals, state department heads,
and the public of health behaviors that may lead to disease, disability,
- Develop public health policies relating to safety belt use, tobacco
control, and oral health.
- Develop state plans for cancer, diabetes, and tobacco control
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Ohio has used the system to
- Document the need for and monitor the progress of comprehensive cancer
prevention and control programs, including breast and cervical cancer
prevention and early detection programs.
- Establish prevention interventions and evaluations for smoking
prevention and cessation programs.
- Develop initiatives for injury prevention, including safety belt use
and binge drinking prevention.
- Generate initiatives for cardiovascular disease prevention and
- Develop initiatives for the Ohio Rural Health Program.
- Develop a statewide Healthy Ohioans, Healthy Communities
- Establish initiatives to address health disparities.
- Develop initiatives for diabetes prevention and control programs.
- Generate initiatives for an arthritis intervention plan.
- Provide data and small area analyses to city and county health
departments for health promotion and risk reduction initiatives.
Oklahoma has used the system to
- Prepare State of the State's Health reports for 1997 and 1998.
- Monitor statewide progress toward Healthy Oklahomans 2010 objectives.
- Prepare articles for the Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association
on smoking and prevalence of overweight.
- Prepare profiles of county health status indicators for Oklahoma's 77
Oregon has used the system to
- Monitor the progress of prevention programs targeting breast and
- Document the impact of tobacco use in Oregon, resulting in media
attention and greater public awareness of the problem.
- Assess household gun storage safety practices.
- Assess risk of exposure to rabies based on bat sightings and captured
bats in households.
- Identify issues related to quality of life.
Pennsylvania has used the system to
- Formulate annual cardiovascular risk reduction program plans and
assess behavior changes over time.
- Monitor diabetes trends over time and develop program interventions.
- Monitor cancer trends over time, develop program interventions, and
produce media campaigns.
- Develop annual program plans and identify emerging issues in injury
- Support findings from a statewide oral health needs assessment
indicating that low income and educational status is linked to increased
- Evaluate adult educational programs designed to address oral health
- Assess progress toward Healthy People 2010 objectives for
osteoporosis, arthritis, and asthma.
- Adjust arthritis and asthma intervention programs on a regional or
- Adjust asthma and arthritis program planning and priorities.
- Compare Pennsylvania with other states on progress toward Healthy
People 2010 objectives.
- Develop annual osteoporosis program plans, refine public health
education and promotion programs, and measure behavioral changes over