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age-adjusted death rates

Which state has the highest age-adjusted death rate? Which has the lowest? Which have rates above or below the overall rate for the U.S.? Explore our interactive map of 2011 age-adjusted death rates, from the National Vital Statistics System. 

 

Kirsten Herrick

In 2012, the majority of U.S. youth watched TV or used a computer daily. Yet only 27% of youth aged 12-15 met recommended guidelines of 2 hours or less of screen time daily. Sound familiar? Dr. Kirsten Herrick discusses in "Ask the Expert."

Joyce Martin

Substantive changes to the standard birth certificate, redefining it as a vital statistics database and emphasizing automated data collection, will be implemented nationwide by year's end. The result: greatly improved data quality and timeliness.

Woman in her fourties with child

A recent NCHS Data Brief, showing a significant increase in first births to women aged 35 and older over the past four decades, has received widespread attention from broadcast, print, and Web-based media nationwide.

 

Nat Schenker

Which state has the highest rate of first births to women aged 40-44? Which has the lowest? How does your state compare? Explore our interactive U.S. map of first birth rates to older women, 2000 and 2012, from the National Vital Statistics System.

 

Nat Schenker

Five months after becoming president of the American Statistical Association, ORM Director Dr. Nathaniel Schenker has wasted no time implementing his top initiatives: curricula guidelines, leadership training, and a new statistical Web portal. 

 

NCHS Director Charlie Rothwell

The birth certificate is central to the nation's Civil Registration and Vital Statistics system. Take a closer look at the latest available data and the current Standard Birth Certificate to better understand how we monitor the nation's births.

NCHS Director Charlie Rothwell

With National Public Health Week underway, NCHS director Charles Rothwell reflects on the Center's contributions and ever-evolving role in the nation's public health.

baby holding stethoscope

Data collected through NCHS' National Vital Statistics System and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) were used as the foundation for two important studies released this year that attracted significant national media attention.

United States map

Which state has the highest primary cesarean delivery rates? Which has the lowest? How does your state compare? Explore our interactive map of state-level cesarean delivery data from the Revised Birth Certificate, 2006-2012.

Dr. Sandra Decker

The CDC's Health Economic Research Group presented Dr. Decker with the 2013 Kaafee Billah Memorial Award for outstanding health economics research, for her 2012 study of the uninsured, Medicare, and health costs.

Dr. Kathryn Porter

What to do with 23 years' worth of genetic samples collected through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)? Dr. Kathryn Porter discusses the history of NHANES and genomic research, and issues facing population-based surveys.

Dr. Stephen Blumberg

Dr. Stephen Blumberg, lead author of two recent reports on wireless substitution, discusses the steady growth in wireless-only households, wireless-only adults and high-risk behavior, and the impact of wireless on getting good data.

United States map

We look at data from Wireless Substitution: State-level Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, 2012.

NCHS Director Charles Rothwell

Charles Rothwell reflects on the Center's successes in the past year, as well as new challenges and opportunities in 2014.

Jennifer Parker

Charles Rothwell has been appointed Director of the National Center for Health Statistics, the Nation's principal health statistics agency. He becomes the Center's seventh director since its inception in 1960.

Jennifer Parker

Feasibility data files help researchers determine the scope of available linked records beforehand, saving valuable time and research dollars.

Eve Powell-Griner

Public-use data files give researchers free, downloadable data from NCHS surveys and data collection systems—while ensuring the confidentiality of the respondents behind the numbers.

Julia Holmes

Dr. Julia Holmes, Branch Chief, Analytic Studies, Office of Analysis & Epidemiology, discusses the challenges and rewards of publishing NCHS' flagship annual report to Congress and the President of the United States.

nation at a glance map

State-specific data from Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 2012.

NHIS Early Release report cover

NHIS's Early Release program provides key preliminary estimates on survey topics such as health insurance, obesity, and diabetes—all on a quarterly basis.

Dr. Jane Gentleman

For more than 50 years, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) has traveled the country, gathering health data on a household-by-household basis.

April 2013 CSPAN Interview with Stephanie Ventura, Chief, Reproductive Statistics Branch, National Center for Health Statistics and Mark Mather

Stephanie Ventura and Mark Mather talked about a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics on changes and trends in childbearing and fertility patterns in the U.S.

Charles Rothwell

NCHS Director Charles Rothwell discusses the collection and use of health information and the necessity to gain and keep the public's trust.

Pavlina Rumcheva

As part of the International Year of Statistics observances, one NCHS statistician explores her international roots and experiences.

Nat Schenker

Away from his office at ORM, Dr. Nat Schenker works to increase the international visibility of the statistics profession.

LCDR Erin Nichols

LCDR Nichols gives insights into NCHS's role in an important civil registration and vital statistics improvement project in Kenya.

Charles Rothwell

The Center's Board of Scientific Counselors is undertaking a series of reviews to ensure that NCHS remains a vital part of the nation's health information infrastructure.

Michael Ryan

The Questionnaire Design Research Laboratory is working with the FDA to evaluate a critical element of screening potential blood donors.

Dr. Sam Notzon

Dr. Sam Notzon and his team give NCHS a vital role in improving the collection and quality of public health data around the world.

Nat Schenker

The Office of Research and Methodology (ORM) works with NCHS and the broader scientific community to improve survey design, analysis, and evaluation.

Charles Rothwell

"How many causes of death are there?" The question makes experts from the Division of Vital Statistics (DVS) share looks and smiles as they point towards enormous binders. A death certificate often includes a series of conditions that led to the death of an individual. This detailed work is collected as part of our national vital registration system.

NHANES Mobile Examination Center

The Mobile Exam Center (MEC), an important part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), offers selected participants many tests and measurements not commonly performed during routine doctor visits. Results from the MEC provide information about the health status of the US non-institutionalized population.

April 2013 CSPAN Interview with Stephanie Ventura, Chief, Reproductive Statistics Branch, National Center for Health Statistics and Mark Mather

Guests talked about the American diet and how it had changed over the last 50 years. Among the topics they addressed were growing obesity and diabetes rates; increasing caloric, sugar and carbohydrate content in food; and consumption of fast food and sugary drinks. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

Inside NCHS Issue 2

NCHS participates in the Healthy People 2020 initiative, which provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Take a closer look at the current state of the initiative's Leading Health Indicators - substance abuse, oral health, obesity, and more.

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DHANES Director Clifford Johnson retires; Research Data Center Director Peter Meyer honored by American Public Health Association; Classifications and Public Health Data Standards Staff Chief Ms. Marjorie S. Greenberg receives multiple honors.

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Consumer Reports cites NHANES research; USA Today focuses on preliminary birth data for 2011; the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzes NHANES data to explore the link between BPA and childhood obesity.

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Dr. Huang, of the Health Promotion Statistics Branch, discusses NCHS's contributions to the Healthy People 2020 initiative.

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More than 1,000 attendees converged on the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel in August for NCHS's biennial conference.

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A new, interactive version of Health, United States, 2011, In Brief, enables viewers to view, create, and export charts and tables, and easily link to related Web pages.

Inside NCHS Issue 2

A new survey addressing the need for data on physical activity in children and teens is receiving an enthusiastic response from its young participants.

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The only health survey conducted in the U.S. that combines both interviews and physical examinations relies on mobile examination centers to collect important physical measurements.

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NCHS Director Ed Sondik discusses the value and importance of NCHS's many exceptional collaborative ventures.

Inside NCHS Issue 1

Teen birth rates declined in all but three states from 2007 through 2010, with the biggest decline in Arizona (29%). Although Mississippi had the highest rate of teen births in 2010 (55 per 1,000), it still saw a 21% drop in the rate during that span. Explore our interactive map for a closer look at number of births and birth rates for teenagers, 2007-2010.

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Dr. Nathaniel Schenker is elected president of the American Statistical Association; Drs. Gladys Martinez and Casey Copen take a top poster session prize at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America.

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Senior epidemiologist Dr. Cynthia L. Ogden and her team are featured in The New York Times for their work on children and sugar consumption; data from a recent National Vital Statistics Report illustrates a JET magazine article on unwed childbirth.

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It's no teen fad. Continuing a long-term decline that started in the 1950s, teen childbearing in the United States fell to a historic low in 2010. Brady Hamilton, Ph.D., discusses teen births and birth trends, and turning the abstract into the concrete.

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Three nationally recognized leaders in the fields of health care research, statistics, and policy will deliver keynote addresses to the 2012 National Conference on Health Statistics, August 6-8, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Inside NCHS Issue 1

A collaborative effort between NCHS and two federal agencies has provided the first detailed look at the process of diagnosis and the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), intellectual disability, and developmental delay. The project has its origins in something completely unexpected – and, until all the data are analyzed, inexplicable.

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NCHS's record linkage program is designed to maximize the scientific value of the Center's population-based surveys. Linked data files enable researchers to take the "long view" and examine the factors that influence disability, chronic disease, health care utilization, morbidity, and mortality.

Inside NCHS Issue 1

Dr. Edward J. Sondik, Director of the National Center for Health Statistics, welcomes you to NCHS's newest publication: Inside NCHS, the Center's official e-newsletter.

 

 
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