Status: Baseline only

  
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Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
31 States (including DC and Territories) (2016)

Target:
37 States (including DC and Territories)

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

Baseline:
31 states (including DC and territories) included questions on sexual orientation and gender identity in the BRFSS in 2016

Increase the number of states, territories, and the District of Columbia that include questions on sexual orientation and gender identity in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Target-Setting Method
Percent improvement

Summary

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) collects data on adults’ health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. LGBT people have specific health-related challenges and disparities — and accurate data is key to identifying how to meet their health needs. But many states don’t include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in the BRFSS. Getting more states to ask questions on sexual orientation and gender identity in the BRFSS can help inform effective health promotion strategies for LGBT people.