Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS) Survey

What is RRFSS?

From September 2022-August 2023, the Institute for Social Research at York University will be conducting a survey of Thunder Bay District residents aged 18+ on behalf of the TBDHU.

This survey is called the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS) and it asks questions concerning public health topics that matter to you, including mental health, food access, physical activity, and more. Additionally, the survey collects general background information including your age.


Why is the TBDHU Conducting this Survey?

The answers from this survey will assist TBDHU in understanding local public health needs and how we might better serve you, our residents. The information you provide through RRFSS can help improve the health your community’s health by:

  • Setting relevant priorities to our community health needs
  • Advocating for local public policy development
  • Raising awareness about important local public health issues

Surveying residents at this time will also allow for comparisons to data collected pre-pandemic.


How Can I Participate in RRFSS?

Surveys will be collected by phone and online:

  • By phone: Researchers will randomly call about 100 people every month using a computer program. Calls will be made to landlines and cell phones. If you receive a call from RRFSS, we encourage you to participate!
  • Online: Starting in October, responses will also be collected through an online survey. More information about how you can participate will be released soon.

The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete, is completely voluntary, and all responses remain anonymous and confidential. No other information will be gathered except your answers to the questions.

For more information about RRFSS, please visit the website: http://www.rrfss.ca.

Last Updated: 13/09/2022