• Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
    The BRFSS is the world's biggest telephone health survey system that tracks health conditions and risk behaviors in the US every year.
  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
    The YRBS is conducted in randomly selected public high schools in every odd-numbered year. It focuses on the major risk behaviors that threaten the health and safety of young people. This anonymous survey asks questions about health risks and behaviors, including dietary behaviors and physical activity. Data from the YRBS provide accurate estimates of the prevalence of risk behaviors among public high school students in the Commonwealth, and are important for planning health education and risk prevention programs.

  • Youth Health Survey (YHS)
    The Massachusetts Youth Health Survey (YHS) is the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's (MDPH) surveillance project to assess the health of youth and young adults in grades 6-12. It is conducted by the MDPH Center for Community Health in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE). The survey contains health status questions in addition to questions about risk behaviors and protective factors.

  • NHANES
    The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) looks at the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the US. This study combines information collected through interviews and physical examinations.

  • MassCHIP
    MassCHIP was developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to assist communities and professionals in health planning. It provides access to 36 health status, health outcome, program utilization, and demographic data sets, from which you can generate two types of reports, 1) Instant Topics (formerly standard reports) and 2) Custom Reports, as well as charts and maps. Instant Topics are predefined reports which use MassCHIP's most current data to supply information on a variety of topic areas for specific geographies. Custom reports are user-defined reports which can be created by downloading the MassCHIP Client and choosing the data set and selectors of interest. Visit MassCHIP for more information.

  • PedNSS
    The Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS) is a child-based public health surveillance system that describes the nutritional status of low-income U.S. children who attend federally-funded maternal and child health and nutrition programs. PedNSS provides data on the prevalence and trends of nutrition-related indicators.

  • PNSS
    The Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System (PNSS) is a program-based public health surveillance system that monitors risk factors associated with infant mortality and poor birth outcomes among low-income pregnant women who participate in federally funded public health programs.

  • Community Health Survey
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) surveyed all municipalities in Massachusetts for existing policies, facilities and programs that promote health and well-being in 2002 and 2007. The survey collected information ranging from recreation programs to municipal by-laws to establish statistics on municipal policies and programs related to health. It also measures the impact of land use and community design, identifies community partnerships responsible, and measures policies or programs aimed at ensuring access to health-promoting environments.


This information is provided by the Wellness Unit within the Department of Public Health.