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No. 1, August 2012

Director's Corner

NCHS Director Edward Sondik

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.

Read Dr. Sondik's welcoming remarks.

Also in This Issue

Connecting Surveys to Administrative Records: Data Linkage Opens Doors to New Longitudinal Research

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.

Read more about Data Linkage.

On the Path to Understanding Autism

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.

Read more about the 2011 Survey of Pathways to Diagnosis and Services.

National Leaders in Health Research to Address National Conference on Health Statistics

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.

Read more on the speakers and the Conference.

Ask the Expert: Dr. Brady Hamilton

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.

Read our Q&A with Dr. Brady Hamilton.

In the News

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.

Read about recent press coverage of NCHS reports.

Milestones and Honors

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.

Meet Dr. Schenker, Dr. Martinez, and Dr. Copen.

Closer Look

Screenshot of interactive map

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. 

Recent Releases

Download the reports featured in this issue, as well as other recent releases, from the Publications and Information Products section of our website.

Upcoming Releases

Wait Time and Treatment in Hospital Emergency Departments: 2009 (Data Brief)

Contraceptive Use in the United States: Data from the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth (National Health Statistics Report)

Oral Health and Healthy People (Data Brief)

For more upcoming NCHS releases, visit our Upcoming Releases page.

Upcoming Events

American Statistical Association
July 30-August 4, 2012
San Diego, CA

NCHS National Conference on Health Statistics
August 6-8, 2012
Washington, DC

For more NCHS events, visit our Events page.

Inside NCHS goes beyond the numbers to provide insights into the work we do, the collaborations that make it possible, the people that make it happen, and the issues that we face. Inside NCHS is published quarterly by the National Center for Health Statistics, 3311 Toledo Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782.
www.cdc.gov/nchs

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