PRCHN Seminar: Cleveland Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Analysis

Curious as to how many Cleveland residents use tobacco products, how many feel safe in their neighborhood, or what Clevelanders think about the future? Be sure to attend the next Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) Seminar Series on Wednesday, July 12, at noon in the fourth floor conference room.

This presentation will highlight the new 2015 Cleveland Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and reveal local data. A public health surveillance system is a tool that can monitor health behaviors, examine trends over time, and aid in program planning and decision-making. The BRFSS is the first and longest surveillance system in the nation to collect state health data via telephone surveys.

The audience will gain an overview of the state and national BRFSS data compared to local data and get the first look at the new BRFSS website. The presentation also will include 10-year trends from the local BRFSS and show attendees how to access the data and use it in their work. The presentation also will highlight the PRCHN’s Network of Community Advisors’ role, from survey development to dissemination as well as how the data is beneficial to community-based work and research.

Lauren Bottoms, PRCHN internship coordinator, and Andrea Martemus-Peters, a member of the PRCHN’s Network of Community Advisors and violence injury prevention coordinator for MetroHealth’s Northern Ohio Trauma System, will present the session.

The PRCHN Seminar Series takes place on the second Wednesday of the month from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the BioEnterprise Building. All seminars are free and open to the public. Parking is available.

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