The special reports below rely in large part on information gathered by BRFSS. Agencies and institutes use BRFSS data to determine priority health issues, develop strategic plans, and monitor the effectiveness of interventions. These data have also been used to educate the public, health community, and policy-makers about behaviors affecting the public's health.
Community Health Data
Community Health reports have been produced for each region and county in Montana. These reports include behavioral risk data (where possible) along with socio-demographic characteristics, chronic and communicable disease indicators, maternal and child health indicators, selected environmental, social, and mental health measures, hospitalization and mortality rates and human resource availability.
Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department (FWP) used BRFSS data to assist in the development of its Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) in 2002. FWP has continued to use BRFSS to assess outdoor recreation behaviors adding questions again in 2006, and 2011.
UM Rural Institute, Montana Disability and Health Program
The Montana Disability and Health Program is a partnership between DPHHS and the UM Rural Institute to promote the health of people with disabilities and develop services to prevent secondary conditions. To assist in that goal, data were collected in 2004 via BRFSS to determine the number of homes in Montana that provide essential access to a home's exterior entry doors. BRFSS continues to be a primary source for information on disability in Montana.
The Burden of Asthma in Montana
The Montana Asthma Control Program uses data from the Montana BRFSS, especially the Asthma Callback Survey, an in-depth asthma survey developed and funded by the Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch (APRHB) in the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH). It is conducted with BRFSS respondents who report an asthma diagnosis. Asthma surveillance data at the state level includes adult and child asthma prevalence from the BRFSS and in-depth state and local asthma data through implementation of the BRFSS Asthma Callback Survey. See the CDC Asthma callback survey website for more information.
Burden of Cardiovascular Disease on the State of Montana
The Cardiovascular Burden Report contains an in-depth picture of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors. The report also compares the trends in Montana to the United States and the Healthy People 2010 goals for the nation.
MT Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control Plan
The Montana Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control Plan provides a statewide focus for CVD prevention, health, and treatment activities from 2011-2015.
MT Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, 2011-2016
A coalition of individuals and organizations throughout Montana work to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality across the cancer continuum. BRFSS data are also used to assess, monitor, and strategically plan to reduce the burden of cancer among Montanans.
Diabetes: the Burden in Montana
The Montana Diabetes Project is committed to surveillance of diabetes, its complications, and risk factors and uses BRFSS data in its comprehensive assessment of diabetes.