The Public Health Division's Program Design and Evaluation Services program conducts two health surveys:
The Oregon Healthy Teens (OHT) survey is Oregon's effort to assess the health and well-being of 8th and 11th graders statewide. Historically, two agencies in the Oregon Health Authority administered two school-based youth surveys on alternating years Oregon: the CDC-based Youth Risk Behavioral Survey (YRBS), administered in odd-numbered years since 1991, and the Student Drug Use survey (including Risk and Protective factor information) in even-numbered years since 1996. While each survey provided data on part of the key indicators for many state and national strategic assessments and plans, a more coordinated approach was needed to help develop consistent, yearly tracking of key indicators, and increase the usefulness of data to local communities and schools.
The Adult Behavior Risk Factor and Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) is the largest, continuously conducted, telephone health survey in the world. It enables the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health departments, and other health agencies to monitor modifiable risk factors for chronic diseases and other leading causes of death. The survey is an on-going data collection program designed to measure behavioral risk factors in the adult population 18 years of age or over.