A key focus of public health is to seek to change risky behaviors and health practices to prevent chronic (long-term) disease, premature death, and poor quality of life. To better understand the health status of American Indian adults living in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, we are conducting the Tribal Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (TBRFS). The TBRFS is similar to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which is a survey that collects information from U.S. residents about their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventative health services.
American Indians are, in general, underrepresented in large national surveys. The TBRFS focuses directly on American Indian’s health statistics. Tribes can use this valuable data and information to determine their health needs, create health goals for their region, plan health programs, implement activities that promote good health, monitor chronic disease trends (developments), and apply for grants. Solid data and statistics also allow tribes to increase their capacity to serve the people living in their region.
- American Indian
- Reside within Kansas, Oklahoma or Texas
- 18 years or older