In 2016, approximately 52,000 Missouri adults were randomly called to participate in the Missouri County-level Study (CLS). The CLS collects county-specific prevalence various chronic disease risk factors (tobacco use, physical activity, nutrition, etc.), medical conditions, and preventive practices that can be used to assist in determining health priorities at a county level. The study spans the 114 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis. The data presented on this site are ideal for local health departments, organizations, and coalitions to use when determining priority health needs and interventions to address those particular needs.

More than 100 questions were asked on a variety of related health topics. Socio-demographic questions such as sex, age, race, and marital status were also included. Respondents were non-institutionalized adults and excluded individuals residing in nursing homes, mental institutions, and correctional facilities from the study. Data are self-reported and thereby subject to recall bias. Additionally, adults living in residences without a landline telephone that do not use a cell telephone or that do not speak English are not represented in the study.

The CLS is funded by Missouri Foundation for Health and conducted in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the University of Missouri-Columbia Health and Behavioral Risk Research Center.

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