Spring Meeting Announcement

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The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the nation’s premier system of health-related telephone surveys that collect state data about U.S. residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. Established in 1984 with 15 states, BRFSS now collects data in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories. BRFSS completes more than 400,000 adult interviews each year, making it the largest continuously conducted health survey system in the world.

(UPDATE) Save the Date: BRFSS Annual Meeting
April 23-28, 2023

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is planning its annual spring meeting, which will include state and CDC plenary sessions, training, networking, and gatherings to discuss BRFSS business and issues. This will be an in-person meeting beginning on Monday, April 24, 2023, and lasting through Friday, April 28, 2023. Each day will feature different sessions, presentations, and activities for State Coordinators. BRFSS staff hope you will be able to block out the time for each day, beginning April 23, which will be a travel/check-in day for many attendees.

Please note the week! Please save some time during these dates to hear about the BRFSS, interact with staff and partners, and share some of your experiences related to collecting, processing, publishing, and using the BRFSS data sets. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

In addition:

Please refer to the information below if you are interested in submitting an abstract for an oral or poster presentation.

Call for Abstracts for the BRFSS 2023 Annual Meeting

Attention data researchers and scientists!  Abstracts are now being accepted for inclusion in the scientific presentations and posters at the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Annual Meeting, starting April 24, 2023. The BRFSS Annual Meeting Committee invites you to submit an abstract for a presentation or poster, so your work can be considered for inclusion in this upcoming BRFSS Annual Meeting.

The new submission deadline is February 17, 2023.
Notifications of accepted presentations will be sent shortly after the closing date as soon as the review process is complete.

How to Submit an Abstract for Consideration:  

To be considered, all abstracts must meet the abstract criteria listed below:


Submit your abstracts to BRFSS Submissions (CDC) at brfssabstracts@cdc.gov with the subject line “BRFSS 2023 Abstract Submission” to be considered.


Submission Guidelines

Abstracts related to BRFSS topics in survey research, epidemiology, evaluation, policy, or public health are welcome for consideration. See the chart below for more information on subject categories.


Subject categories:

Subject categories
1. Innovations in survey methodology and analytical methods
2. Topics on chronic disease, conditions, and COVID
3. Health disparities and health equity
4. Social determinants of health (SDOH)
5. Emerging health issues
6. Depression, anxiety, and emotional well-being
7. Environmental determinants of health
8. Health care access and use of preventive services
9. Health-related risk behaviors
10. Health policy decisions and impact


Writing Guidelines for Abstracts

The abstract(s) must be:

  • Written in English, describing original work.
  • Saved in MS Word (.doc or .docx).
    (If using Information Protection Label Usage Guidelines, please select “General.”)
  • Complete; incomplete abstracts will not be accepted.
  • Show the submitter’s information, even if you are submitting an abstract for someone else.
  • Left-justified and single-spaced. Leave one line of space before the text following the title, headers, and subheadings. Double-space between paragraphs, but do not indent. Do not use bold, italics, underline, tabs, hard returns, or all capital letters in the abstract text.

The abstracts should be divided into the following sections:

  • Title — Type in a title format with the first letter of a word capitalized.
  • Authors — List the primary author first. All authors’ names should begin with the first name; include each author’s degrees without punctuation (e.g., MD, MPH). Underline the presenting author’s name.
  • Background — Describe the problem or situation addressed in the abstract.
  • Objectives — State the goals of the project.
  • Methods — Describe the interventions, activities, programs, etc. used to address the problem.
  • Results — Present key findings related to implementation of the methods.
  • Conclusions — Summarize lessons learned, plans and directions for future developments, and implications for research and practice.
  • Key Words — list 5 key words.
  • Learning Objective(s) — State one or two findings that participants should know after attending the presentation.

 Additional information regarding abstract submissions:


  • Length limit: 250 words, not counting title, author names and degrees, headings, key words, objectives, and presenter information.
  • No images, charts, or tables are permitted in the abstract.
  • Please provide name, position, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and fax number for each presenter, and please indicate the subject category from the chart above that best corresponds to your abstract.
  • Final acceptance is contingent upon the self-arranged registration of all presenters.
  • Please designate your preference to share your work as a poster, oral presentation, or either.

Oral presentations must be no more than 15 minutes in length, with 5 additional minutes allowed for discussion. Presentations addressing the same issue or theme will be grouped together to form a session. Presenters should report recently completed or ongoing work.


Poster presentations should follow the guidelines listed for abstracts. Results may be summarized in the form of graphs, tables, pictures, etc. Graphic displays should be appropriately labeled and legible. Approved poster presenters will be responsible for producing their posters and submitting them in their final form on-site for display.


If you are submitting multiple abstracts, please submit each abstract as a separate file in the same email. Please save the file as presenter’s last name_abstract. If more than one abstract is submitted, add a number after the author’s name for each additional abstract. For example, if the presenter is Jane Smith, the file should be saved as Smith_abstract. If she has multiple abstracts, the second and third ones would be saved as Smith2_abstract and Smith3_abstract, respectively.

For questions concerning abstract submission, please send an email to:
BRFSS Submissions (CDC): brfssabstracts@cdc.gov

We are looking forward to this event and hope you will be able to attend and participate!

-The members of the BRFSS Annual Meeting Committee

Dave Flegel, Peraton BRFSS Communications Contractor, sent for the BRFSS Annual Meeting Committee