Health Research Data & Records

Health Research Data and recordsPublic Health Surveillance is the analysis, collection, and reporting of data, research, and records that inform and guide our work to protect and promote the health of Vermonters.

These resources provide the public with access to information about population health status and contributors to health.

Healthy Vermonters 2020

Healthy Vermonters 2020

For the past two decades, Vermont has selected benchmarks from the national Healthy People initiative and monitored progress over time to:

Healthy People 2020 provides a science-based comprehensive set of 10-year national goals and objectives for improving the health of all Americans.

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Health Status Reports

The Health Status of Vermonters

The Health Status of Vermonters report brings together data from an array of sources into a single document to present a picture of the health of Vermonters.

The Health Disparities of Vermonters

The Health Disparities of Vermonters report presents information, maps, data and trends that highlight health disparities as they exist today in the state, as well as recommended actions that can be taken to reduce these disparities.

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Population-Based Survey Data

BRFSS - Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Vermont tracks risk behaviors using a telephone survey of adults called the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS). The results are used to plan, support, and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs.

PRAMS - Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System

PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. The data are collected via surveys mailed to a random sample of Vermont mothers 2-6 months after they have given birth.  

Youth Health Survey

The Department of Health, in cooperation with the Department of Education, conducted the Youth Health Survey in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

YRBS - Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Every two years since 1993, the Department of Health's Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, and the Department of Education's Coordinated School Health Programs have sponsored the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

The YRBS measures the prevalence of behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disease, and injury among youth. The YRBS is part of a larger effort to help communities increase the “resiliency” of young people by reducing high risk behaviors and promoting healthy behaviors.

School Health Profiles

The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a biannual set of surveys that assesses school health policies and practices. Data are collected from middle and high school principals and lead health education teacher.

Profiles monitors school health education requirements and content, physical education and activity, school health policies related to HIV infection/AIDS, tobacco-use prevention, and nutrition, asthma management activities, family and community involvement in school health programs, and school health coordination.

Related: Population Estimates

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Epidemiology and Surveillance

Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Chronic diseases are among the leading causes of death and hospitalizations in Vermont. The Chronic Disease Epidemiology program is responsible for analysis, interpretation and presentation of health data related to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis and asthma, and their risk factors.

Health and Healthcare Trends in Vermont PDF document 05/2010 - 15.4MB, 900 pages

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Injury Surveillance

The goal of injury surveillance is to improve our understanding of the causes of injury, populations that are most at risk, trends in a particular type of injury, and the impact of prevention programs. The Vermont injury data and infrastructure are used to support various injury initiatives throughout the state.

Substance Abuse Surveillance

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Population Estimates

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Registries and Tutorials

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