Helpful National Resources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the nation’s premier system of health-related telephone surveys that collect state data about U.S. residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. Established in 1984 with 15 states, BRFSS now collects data in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories. BRFSS completes more than 400,000 adult interviews each year, making it the largest continuously conducted health survey system in the world.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC)

CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC works to protect America from health, safety, and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

The Community Guide

The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is a collection of evidence-based findings of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF). It is a resource to help you select interventions to improve health and prevent disease in your state, community, community organization, business, healthcare organization, or school.

County Health Rankings

Many factors impact how long and how well we live. Country Health Rankings data show how these factors shape community conditions while highlighting the stark differences in health that stem from injustices and barriers to opportunity. Use these resources to take action toward better health for all.

National School Health Profiles

The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, and territories.

Profiles surveys are conducted biennially by education and health agencies among middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers.

National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including:

  1. Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  2. Sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection
  3. Alcohol and other drug use
  4. Tobacco use
  5. Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  6. Inadequate physical activity

YRBSS also measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma and other health-related behaviors plus sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts.

YRBSS is a system of surveys. It includes 1) a national school-based survey conducted by CDC and state, territorial, tribal, and 2) local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments.

OCDPHP Community Reports Map

The purpose of this map is to share community and data reports from the South Dakota Department of Health, Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Select a highlighted county to access available community reports in that area.


PLACES, a collaboration between CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation, allows local health departments and jurisdictions regardless of population size and urban-rural status to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related outcomes in their areas and assist them in planning public health interventions.

PLACES provides model-based population-level analysis and community estimates to all counties, places (incorporated and census-designated places), census tracts, and ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) across the United States.

US Census Data

The Census Bureau is the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy.