Surveillance is a vital component of public health, enabling us to quantify risks and outcomes of interest across a population. Surveillance is also an established priority of the Disability and Health Program in Florida in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy People 2010 goals for improved disability surveillance data. The data historically collected on Florida’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) do not include many issues of interest to the Partners and stakeholders in Florida. The BRFSS is a telephone survey administered by Florida and all states and territories in partnership with the CDC. We will add BRFSS questions and modules to increase the richness of disability and health data collected and analyzed through the Office on Disability and Health and for our Partners.
Topics for the supplemental questions are proposed by our Partners. During 2008, we are collecting information from Florida adults on their experiences with caregiving and about people they provide care for. During 2009, we will collect additional information on access to healthcare for people with disabilities.