• Rebecca Wood

    Center for Health Statistics
    Community Assessment
    Texas Dept. of State Health Services
    Mail Code: 1898
    PO Box 149347
    Austin, Texas 78714-9347 

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BRFSS Call for Proposals


The Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) began operation in 1987 as part of a federal-state partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that today has resulted in the collection of uniform public health data from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories.  Each year, thousands of adult Texans complete BRFSS landline and cellular telephone interviews regarding their health status, personal health habits, and use of preventive services.  Public and private health officials at the federal, state, and local levels rely on the BRFSS to identify public health problems, set priorities and goals, design policies and interventions, as well as evaluate the long term impact of these efforts. Although the CDC requires that certain core questions appear on the survey each year, a limited amount of space is available for states to add optional questions (modules or state added) at their discretion.  

Call for Proposals

The official call for proposals for the 2020 Texas BRFSS survey will begin early June 2019.

The Texas BRFSS Program invites DSHS programs and other public health stakeholders to submit written proposals for 1) additional survey questions and 2) oversampling to obtain statistics in additional regions.  These proposals will be used to assist the Texas BRFSS Coordinator in planning the 2020 Texas BRFSS survey. Please email brfss@dshs.texas.gov to request a copy of this year’s proposal form. 

Proposal Due Date

All proposals for additional survey questions and oversampling should be submitted to the Texas BRFSS program (brfss@dshs.texas.gov) by 5:00 PM CST on TBA. 

Required Meeting

A discussion of all proposals will take place at the next Health Survey User Group (HSUG) Meeting on July 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST at the Texas Department of State Health Services, Moreton building, room 653. A representative for each proposal is required to attend this meeting to present their proposal and be available to answer questions. Please reserve your seat in the HSUG if you plan to submit a proposal by emailing brfss@dshs.texas.gov. If you are unable to attend in person, a conference line will be available.


If you need additional information, please contact the Texas BRFSS Coordinator Rebecca Wood in the Center for Health Statistics at 512-776-6579 or Rebecca.Wood@dshs.texas.gov.

Please see the following proposal documents for more information:  

  1. Attachment A: Pricing -- Provides general information about how costs for participating in the Texas BRFSS are determined.
  2. Attachment B: 2020 CDC Draft BRFSS Survey Outline of Questions  -- (coming soon) Core questions will be included in the 2020 Texas BRFSS Questionnaire. Optional questions developed and tested by CDC may be added to the 2020 Texas BRFSS at the individual program's expense.

Please visit our website to learn more about the Texas BRFSS Program.

Last updated June 10, 2019