Current Release Notes
New Release Live as of July 2023!
In the 2023 release, seven new disability measures were added: six disability types (hearing, vision, cognition, mobility, self-care, and independent living) and any disability. In total, this release includes 36 measures—29 based on Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 2021 data and 7 based on 2020 BRFSS data (all teeth lost, dental visits, mammograms, cervical cancer screening, colorectal cancer screening, core preventive services among older adults, and sleeping less than 7 hours).
For county-level estimation, Census 2021 county population estimates, and American Community Survey (ACS) 2017–2021 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.
We updated the approach for generating 95% confidence intervals (CIs) of modelled estimates. As a result, the estimated CIs may be wider than previous releases. See FAQ for more information.
2021 BRFSS Data
Estimates for Florida are not available for measures based on BRFSS 2021. Florida was unable to collect data over enough months to meet the minimum requirements for inclusion in the 2021 annual aggregate data set. However, the seven measures based on BRFSS 2020 are carried over for Florida.
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 in previous years. For more information, visit Use of Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests.
Please consider differences in data collection [PDF – 168KB] and potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic when comparing 2020 BRFSS estimates with other years.
Notes from previous releases
2022 release: 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.
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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