PRCHN Data Resources
Surveillance and observational data used at the PRCHN are obtained though several data collection tools by trained observers and survey administrators to ensure high levels of data integrity and reliability. The attributes collected are indicators of social constructs related to personal and neighborhood characteristics that might influence behavior and behavior change.
The YRBS is a school-based survey tailored to fit local needs and addressing a wide range of topics, such as behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries; dietary behaviors, physical activity, obesity, overweight, and weight control; alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drug use; behaviors that contribute to violence; sexual behaviors; and other health topics. The Cleveland-Cuyahoga YRBS follows the methods established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, allowing local data to be compared to state and national estimates.
Since 2003, the PRCHN has periodically collected data through phone-based surveys to assess health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services among adults 18 and older in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. The local Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System follows the methods established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, allowing local data to be compared to state and national estimates.