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Data Sets

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
The BRFSS is a telephone survey that tracks national and state-specific health risk behaviors of adults, 18 years of age or older, residing in the United States. The BRFSS is conducted by the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and is administered and supported by the Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
The NHIS is a multi-purpose, nationwide household health survey of the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population conducted annually by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), CDC, to produce national estimates for a variety of health indicators. In 1994 and 1995, the NHIS included a special supplement on disability.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
NHANES is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey is unique in that it combines information from interviews and physical examinations.

National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)
The NSFG gathers information on family life, marriage and divorce, pregnancy, infertility, use of contraception, and men's and women's health. The survey results are used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others to plan health services and health education programs, and to do statistical studies of families, fertility, and health.

American Community Survey (ACS)
The ACS is a mail survey that provides demographic, socioeconomic, and housing information about communities in between the 10-year census. The ACS is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The survey is sent to a sample of households in the United States. The ACS identifies serious difficulty in four basic areas of functioning: vision, hearing, ambulation, and cognition. The ACS also includes two questions to identify people with difficulties that might affect their ability to live independently.

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
The MEPS comprise a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the United States. The MEPS is the most complete source of data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance coverage.

Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
The SIPP is a multipanel, longitudinal survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The SIPP covers the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of residents of the United States, and collects data on the sources and amount of individual income, labor force information, program participation and eligibility data, and general demographic characteristics. The SIPP also includes disability supplements that ask questions to determine individual disability status.

Current Population Survey (CPS)
The CPS is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey has been conducted for more than 50 years. In June 2008, questions were added to the CPS to identify people with a disability among the civilian noninstitutional population 16 years of age or older. Monthly labor force data are released from the CPS for people with a disability. The collection of these data is sponsored by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment.