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Washington State Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) - Worker Health Module

Public health importance of WA BRFSS Worker Health Module

On average, American adults spend more than half of their waking hours at work. Work is a social determinant of health. Occupation is also related to other determinants such as educational attainment and income. Occupational disparities exist in health status, health-related benefits, health care access, and worksite wellness programs.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is an annual telephone survey that collects data on emerging public health issues, health conditions, risk factors and behaviors. The Dept. of Health operates BRFSS in Washington. Through successful collaboration with Washington Dept. of Health, SHARP collects industry and occupation information and uses this information on topics that are important to Washington workers, such as work-related injury and reporting, prevalence of chronic diseases, and health risk factors.

Purpose & Operations of WA BRFSS research

Purpose, Objectives, and Planned uses:

  • BRFSS data allows for
  1. Quantifying prevalence by industry & occupation on health factors/behaviors and chronic disease;
  2. Identifying substantial health disparities and risks by occupation;
  3. Improving understanding of work-relatedness;
  4. Identifying high-risk occupations/industries in states;
  5. Aiding in targeting prevention efforts to address health disparities.
  • Employers, policymakers, and health promotion practitioners can utilize the study findings through BRFSS research to target and prioritize workplace chronic disease prevention programs and health behaviors promotion.

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Links to other Web sites

WA DOH - Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

CDC NIOSH Industry & Occupation Coding: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/coding/

CDC BRFSS: http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/

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