|February 14, 2013
DPHHS conducting health survey of Montana residents
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) wants Montanans to be aware of its on-going Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) phone survey used to gather vital health information.
This is the 30th anniversary of Montanans participation in the BRFSS.
According to DPHHS health officials, the survey takes about 20 minutes and topics include safety issues such as seatbelt use, health care access and insurance coverage, and health knowledge and beliefs.
According the DPHHS Director Richard Opper, the information collected helps the state set health priorities and develop strategic plans for health improvement and disease prevention for Montana’s citizens. “We really appreciate the public’s participation in the survey,” Opper said. “I want to stress that all information collected is confidential and anonymous, and participation is, of course, voluntary.”
Those interested can learn more about the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey at www.brfss.mt.gov or by calling 406-444-2973.
The individual making the call will identify themselves by saying: “I’m calling you from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and we’re gathering information about the health of Montana residents.”
For people with caller ID, the call will show up coming from 888-866-7354.
DPHHS has conducted the survey since 1984. Similar surveys are conducted in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. It runs throughout the year. Land line and cell phone numbers are automatically dialed by a computer and the interviewer has no personal information about the people called.