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Partner Profiles: National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS)


Organizational Mission/Goals

The National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) provides national leadership and advocacy on behalf of its members to ensure the quality, security, confidentiality, and utility of vital records and health statistics, as well as their integral role within health information systems, for monitoring and improving public health.


About NAPHSIS

NAPHSIS is a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) organization with membership consisting of all the registrars and directors of vital statistics from the 57 vital records jurisdictions in the United States and its territories. For more than 75 years the association has been providing leadership in developing a state-based national vital statistics system. Throughout its history, NAPHSIS has been a strong leader in developing national standards, sharing best practices among jurisdictions, and encouraging the use of the latest technology for the collection and distribution of vital statistics.


Since 2001, NAPHSIS has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under various cooperative agreements such as the Assessment Initiative (AI) and the Environmental Public health Tracking Network (EPHTN) on issues regarding data accessibility and utilization of data at federal and state levels.


Partnership Activities with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

NAPHSIS facilitates the critical component of working with birth and death registry data by providing a uniformity of support and cooperation between vital records data stewards and state/city EPHT programs. NAPHSIS and its membership work with CDC to promote collaboration among vital records, health statistics, and health information systems professionals in providing environmental and health data information to policy makers.


NAPHSIS also developed a model Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that can be used between any jurisdiction's vital records/health statistics unit and the respective EPHT program grantee, establishing a substantive partnership between them. The activities conducted under the MOU increase coordination of services and information exchange and facilitate the utilization of resources through improved data sharing.


The main objectives for NAPHSIS under this program fall into the following broad areas:

  • Provide education and awareness to NAPHSIS members regarding the EPHTN and how vital records data can be used to better monitor environmentally related illness.
  • Promote data standards and the role of vital records in the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network to the network's stakeholders and partners.
  • Participate in developing electronic vital records reporting systems to ensure Public Health Information Network (PHIN) compatibility to promote data interoperability across public health systems.

For more information on NAPHSIS's role in EPHT, visit:

  • www.naphsis.org

  • Contact Information

    Patricia Potrzebowski
    Executive Director, NAPHSIS
    National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information
    962 Wayne Avenue, Suite 701
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    Phone: (301) 653-6001 x 1
    Fax: (301) 563-6012 ppotrzebowski@naphsis.org
    http://www.naphsis.org/

    Sukhjeet Ahuja, MD., MPH
    Director, Health Statistics, NAPHSIS
    National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information
    962 Wayne Avenue, Suite 701
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    Phone: (301) 653-6001 x 7
    Fax: (301) 563-6012 gland@naphsis.org
    http://www.naphsis.org/

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