Current Release Notes

New Release Live as of November 2022!

In the 2022 release, 25 of the estimates are based on Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 2020 data and 4 (high blood pressure, taking high blood pressure medication, high cholesterol, and cholesterol screening) are based on 2019 BRFSS data.

For county-level estimation, Census 2020 county population estimates, and American Community Survey (ACS) 2016–2020 data were used. For place-, Census tract-, and ZCTA- level estimation, because corresponding Census 2020 population data are not available, Census 2010 population counts, geographic boundaries, and ACS 2015–2019 data were used.

Changes to geographic units may result in missing data compared to the previous release.

2020 BRFSS Data

The BRFSS 2020 colorectal cancer screening questions changed to include five test types (FIT, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, FIT-DNA, and CT colonography) compared to three types (FIT, sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy) included previously. Estimates of people getting colorectal cancer screening are higher than previous years. For more information, visit: Use of Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests | CDC.

Please consider differences in data collection [PDF – 168KB] and potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic when comparing 2020 BRFSS estimates with other years.

2019 BRFSS Data

Estimates for New Jersey are not available for measures based on BRFSS 2019. Therefore, estimates for the four measures based on 2019 BRFSS data (high blood pressure, taking high blood pressure medication, high cholesterol, and cholesterol screening) are not available in the 2022 release.

Notes from previous releases

2021 release: Estimates for New Jersey are not available for measures based on BRFSS 2019. The state did not collect enough BRFSS data to meet the minimum requirements for inclusion in the 2019 annual aggregate data set. However, the seven measures only available in BRFSS 2018 will be carried over for New Jersey.

2020 release: Estimates of cholesterol screening for 2017 have been revised for all geographic levels. Because of changes in the BRFSS questions related to cholesterol screening, revised estimates are generally higher than estimates previously released. Updated estimates can be downloaded from the data portal or the ArcGIS Online service

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