Research Projects

At PHSRP we focus on projects that aim to improve public health. We align ourselves with government agencies and organizations that share our goal. Our goal is to provide policy makers accurate and precise data allowing them to make evidence-based decisions in their legislative and health policy endeavors. We have collected public health information regarding cancer prevalence, tobacco use and control, alcohol consumption, and more. Our program has a multi-lingual Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) lab, allowing us to conduct thousands of phone health interviews every year.

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Current Projects

California Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

PHSRP conducts the California BRFSS, a yearly assessment of numerous public health topics. BRFSS is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

If you have been contacted to participate in this study and would like to learn more, please contact our help desk at 916-278-2102 or toll free at 1-800-321-2194.

California Family Health Study (CFHS)

PHSRP conducts CFHS, a telephone study sponsored by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) that examines the food intake and physical activity of female caregiver and children in California.

If you have been contacted to participate in this study and would like to learn more, please contact our help desk at 916-278-1214 or toll free at 1-800-321-1966.

California Cannabis Consumption (C3)

PHSRP conducts C3, a project sponsored by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, to develop and administer a measure of cannabis usage to obtain daily amount of cannabis intake by Californians in order to facilitate the development of pesticide regulations in cannabis farming.

If you have been contacted to participate in this study and would like to learn more, please contact Rick Mason at 916-278-4403 or toll free at 1-800-311-4911.

California Smile Survey (Smile)

PHSRP conducts Smile, a project sponsored by the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Office of Oral Health in coordination with the California Department of Education, to determine the oral health status of third grade children in California. This will help the Office of Oral Health make informed decisions as to how best to prevent oral disease in children, and will establish a new baseline for the oral health indicators in the California Oral Health State Plan

If you have been contacted to participate in this study and would like to learn more, please contact Mayra Villarreal at 916-278-2684.

Access to Public Use Data

At PHSRP we house several public use datasets for the California Department of Public Health:

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Past Projects

Champions for Healthy Change (C4HC)

From 2015 through 2018, PHSRP conducted C4HC, an evaluation of the California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) initiative Champions for Change and study of nutrition and physical activity of California residents. C4HC was sponsored by the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOP) of the CDPH.

If you would like to learn more, please contact Leigh Powell at 916-278-4981 or toll free at 1-800-321-1966.