OODH: Disability Surveillance
To support program planning, OODH conducts supplemental surveillance of youth and adults with disabilities. This requires adding questions to two existing data collection systems, the Oregon Healthy Teens (OHT) survey and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
The Oregon Healthy Teen Survey is conducted every other year by the Oregon Public Health Division to collect information about health and well-being of adolescents in Oregon. It is a written survey given to 8th and 11th graders in schools statewide. In 2006 and 2008, the survey included questions about disabilities and chronic conditions.
Information on adults with disabilities comes from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The BRFSS is a telephone survey that asks about health, behaviors that affect health, and access to health care. It is a national survey with standard questions, but since each state administers it separately, questions specific to each state can be added. The survey is random, meaning that any resident might be called.
OODH analyzes BRFSS data (both national and state-specific) each year and organizes it into a Chartbook. Most questions appear on both the state and national surveys, so the Chartbook shows how the state of Oregon is doing in comparison to the nation. Other questions are Oregon-specific and data is provided for that year and sometimes compared against previous years' data (if data from previous years is available).