Prevention and Risk

Information on the prevention of disease and risk factors associated with disease comes from many different surveys and studies. National data on health-related behaviors are provided by the many continuous or periodic surveys conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), such as the National Health Interview Survey, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and the National Mortality Followback Survey. For more detailed information on data collection, publications, and public-use data files, go to the NCHS home page. Other agencies also conduct national surveys on health behaviors, including the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, conducted by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC) and the National Household Survey of Drug Abuse, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The annual NCHS report, Healthy People 2000 Review, is a source for a wide range of national data on health-related behaviors. State data on selected risk behaviors are collected each year by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a collaborative Federal/State survey coordinated by CDC. A different prevention or risk variable from the data systems of CDC and other PHS agencies will be featured periodically on the Social Statistics Briefing Room. Many of these statistics have been published in the annual report Health, United States, a report on the health status of the Nation submitted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to the President and the Congress. For more information on prevention and risk, go to the CDC and SAMHSA home pages.


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