Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System Surveying Barry & Eaton County Residents

April 26, 2023

Starting this week, some Barry & Eaton County residents will be receiving phone calls asking them to participate in a Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey.

The BRFSS is the nation’s largest health-related telephone survey (landline or cell phone) and is conducted locally every three years. The survey is used to track the health of the population in Barry and Eaton counties, as well as create and evaluate programs to support health and prevent disease. Advantage Research is conducting the survey on behalf of the Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD).

The survey collects data on the prevalence of various behaviors, health conditions, and preventive healthcare practices. The survey questions are based on questions developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). BEDHD partners with the Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) and Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) to tailor the questions and wording to the specific needs of the population in Barry and Eaton Counties and the surrounding areas.

The BRFSS is an anonymous survey of randomly chosen residents aged 18 and older living in Barry or Eaton County. The information collected in the survey cannot be linked back to the participants. The data received will be analyzed by race, ethnicity, gender, education, income, location, etc., and used for the Community Health Needs Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans completed in Barry and Eaton counties.

The BRFSS is funded by the Barry-Eaton District Health Department. If you have questions about the BRFSS Survey, please email Aurelia Peña, MPH at: