Finding and Using Health Statistics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the primary public health institution in the United States. The CDC offers many data resources and tools. These include CDC Wonder and the Behavioral Factor Surveillance System.
- CDC WONDER (Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research) is a system of searchable databases with access to a wide array of public health indicators. These include measures of chronic and communicable disease, environmental health, disease and injury prevention, and occupational health.
- The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a system of telephone surveys about health care, health risks, chronic conditions, and use of preventive services. The BRFSS collects data in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and three U.S. territories. It is the largest continuously conducted health survey system in the world.1
- The CDC website also has a list of interactive database systems with the latest information on many health and disease topics.
1 BRFSS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) //www.cdc.gov/brfss/about/brfss_faq.htm#1