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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2011
Health Risk Factor Data Available to Public
Lincoln—The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is making health risk factor data available to researchers and members of the public through an online web query system on its website.
“This new query system is the first to be developed by the DHHS Division of Public Health,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, the state’s Chief Medical Officer. “We expect to make other databases, which won’t include names or other identifying information, available in the same fashion. Death certificate and cancer registry data are examples. Data that isn’t used isn’t useful, and by making it readily and directly available to everyone, the data that the Division of Public Health collects can be used to its maximum potential.”
This query system can be searched by risk factors, such as alcohol consumption, diabetes, immunizations, seatbelt use, cancer screening and tobacco use, among many other topics. It also can provide demographics of the people who answer the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey.
The Behavioral Risk Factor Survey includes data on the prevalence of major health risk factors from 2007-2010 among adults age 18 and older residing in the state. Information gathered in these surveys can be used to target health education and risk reduction activities in order to lower rates of premature death and disability.
The surveillance system is based on a research design developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and used in all 50 states. Questions are standardized to ensure comparability of data with other states and to allow determination of trends over time.