New Mexico Department of Health
Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico.

Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau

The goal of the Bureau is to collect data about health-related practices and health status, conduct data analysis to identify risk factors and describe the distribution of disease, and to implement evidence-based injury prevention strategies. The Bureau works to prevent injury by pursuing effective public policy, encouraging effective organizational practices, fostering injury prevention coalitions and networks, educating providers, promoting community education, and strengthening individuals’ knowledge and skills.

The Behavioral Health Survey Sections conduct, analyze, and disseminate data from population based health surveys, and conduct surveillance of the mental health status of New Mexicans. The Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance (BRFSS) is a population-based telephone survey of health-related behaviors, health outcomes, and the utilization of health care services of New Mexico adults. Approximately 7,000 surveys are conducted annually through the BRFSS. The Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) is a biennial population-based survey of approximately 30,000 New Mexico middle and high school students. Topics include health risk behaviors and resiliency (protective) factors. The YRRS is conducted in collaboration with the Public Education Department (PED) and the UNM Prevention Research Center. Special interest telephone-based health behavior and outcome surveys are also conducted on diverse topics such as asthma, infectious diseases, and immunizations.

The Substance Abuse Epidemiology section assesses negative health consequences of the use of alcohol, prescription, and illicit substances, and promotes the use of effective interventions to address public health issues resulting from substance misuse.

The Injury Prevention section conducts interventions in various areas of injury, including but not limited to sexual violence (including crisis response and prevention), opioid overdose, adult falls, childhood injury, and opioid overdose.


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