Behavioral Health Risks

While not all factors influencing health can be changed (such as heredity), the majority can be affected at levels of the individual, of society, and often both. Personal behavior with its associated risks or benefits to health is an important factor in determining individual health status as well as the burden of disease and death observed and confronted on a population level in Pierce County.

Although risks to health change throughout the lifespan, many of the leading causes of death in Pierce County(1)remain directly related to individual health-related behaviors such as tobacco use, diet and physical inactivity, and alcohol consumption. Understanding the health-related behaviors that place our population and its subgroups at increased risk of disease and death is vital in guiding efforts to improve individual health behavior and address the social and structural factors that influence health promotion.

Two key sources of data used to monitor the health-related behaviors of Pierce County adults and youth are the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the Healthy Youth Survey (HYS). The BRFSS collects data continuously through telephone survey of adults 18 years of age and older. Report of BRFSS findings at the state-level are published annually, while counties may report on irregular or multiple years when a sufficient amount of data is available for analysis. The HYS collects data every two years from students at grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 through student-completed paper survey. Please see the related links below for more information about these surveys.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Data

See the Pierce County Health Indicators for selected  2014 BRFSS updates.

2011 BRFSS Topic Area Fact Sheets

Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) Data

To create topic specific fact sheets visit http://www.askhys.net/FactSheets

2002

 6th*

8th

10th

12th

2004

6th

8th

 10th*

 12th*

2006

6th

8th

 10th*

 12th*

2008

6th

 8th*

10th

 12th*

2010

6th

8th

10th

 12th*

2012

6th

8th

 10th*

 12th*

2014

6th

8th

 10th*

 12th*

2016

6th

8th

10th*

12th*

*Please note that data from this grade should be interpreted with caution since the response rate was low. These data may not accurately represent all students in this grade in Pierce County, but are probably suitable for most practical purposes.

For more information, please contact the Office of Assessment, Planning & Improvement at (253)798-7377 or email oapi@tpchd.org.