NCHS Webinar: A Look at Suicide Rates in Puerto Rico

Date| Time: Friday, December 15, 2023, | 1–2pm EST


This webinar will feature a discussion with leading experts from the Puerto Rico Preventive Commission and the NCHS Division of Vital Statistics that covers—

  • The suicide trend profile in Puerto Rico
  • Proposed etiologies of suicide in Puerto Rico
  • What the Puerto Rico Department of Health is doing to address these numbers

From 2001 to 2021, the suicide rate in the United States increased by 32%, a nearly constant increase. In comparison to the mainland, Puerto Rico’s age-adjusted suicide rate fell by 29% between 2001 and 2021, from 7.8 to 5.5. Despite this decline, suicide remains a significant public health concern on the island, particularly among the adult and elderly populations.

Puerto Rico Suicide Data 2001–2021 [PDF – 2 MB]
Powerpoint Presentation [PDF – 3 MB]

Healthy People 2030 Webinar Series: The Importance of Preventive Services and Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

Date| Time: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 2–3pm EST

Description: This webinar, The Importance of Preventive Services and Lessons Learned from the Pandemic, will focus on preventive services and highlight progress to date on three Healthy People 2030 objectives:

  • IID-09: Increase the proportion of persons who are vaccinated annually against seasonal influenza (Leading Health Indicator)
  • MICH-08: Increase the proportion of pregnant women who receive early and adequate prenatal care
  • STI-04: Reduce congenital syphilis

During this event, the National Association of County and City Health Officials will share their work with local health departments and lessons learned about preventive services uptake during the pandemic.

NCHS webinar: Reporting on the Nation’s Health in Health, United States: Annual Perspective

Date| Time: Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 2–3pm EST

Description: The Health, United States, 2020–2021: Annual Perspective, released on January 19, 2023, tracks national trends across different health areas with a focus on health disparities. Topics in this report cover health status and determinants, healthcare use, healthcare resources and healthcare costs. In this webinar, we will introduce the redesigned, condensed  Annual Perspective report, together with the new Health, United States website and products. As part of the webinar, participants will learn what Health, United States is, review new products, and get an update on the modernization of the program.

PowerPoint Presentation [PDF – 5 MB]

NCHS Webinar: The Evolution of Health Disparities Assessment in the Healthy People Initiative

Date | Time: Monday, November 14th, 2022|11am-12pm ET

Healthy People is an interagency initiative led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Healthy People initiative guides national health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve the nation’s health. Over the past four decades, the initiative has included an overarching goal to reduce or eliminate health disparities. CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics leads the development of methods to measure disparities and progress towards reaching Health People goals.


This webinar will describe the methods for measuring health disparities and summarize their evolution over the past four decades. Presenters also will share exciting insights into the latest tools and data visualizations supporting this initiative. 

New Linked Data From the Data Linkage Program: Veterans Health

Date|Time: Monday, September 19th, 2022|1-2pm ET

Description: The NCHS Data Linkage Program joins data from multiple sources to help answer complex questions that examine factors associated with disability, chronic disease, health care use, illness, and death.  The program’s newest data files link NCHS survey  data to administrative records from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which contain information on veteran service records and benefit program use. This webinar will present overview of the NCHS Data Linkage Program, including how to access data files, highlight the newest data resource, and discuss how these new linked data can help answer critical health policy questions about the health of U.S. veterans.

NCHS Webinar: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Measures in National Center for Health Statistics Data Systems

Date|Time: Tuesday, August 2, 2022 | 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Description:  Join us for a webinar spotlighting NCHS health data that can be analyzed by sexual orientation from three national health surveys. The webinar will review findings on health and disparities by sexual orientation from NCHS’ National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), and National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). At this webinar, NCHS experts will also describe the future of work to expand data on sexual and gender minority health for analysis.

NCHS Webinar: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2017 - March 2020 Pre-pandemic Data Release

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-2020 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) suspended data collection in March 2020, before the full two-year data collection was completed. As a result, the National Center for Health Statistics merged the 2019–March 2020 NHANES data with the 2017–2018 NHANES data to create a special pre-pandemic data set. The pre-pandemic data set provides nationally representative estimates on selected health outcomes.

This webinar provides an overview of this unique data release from NHANES, describing differences between this data file and previous NHANES releases, intended uses of the file, and prevalence estimates for health outcomes featured in the report accompanying the data release.

Presentation Slides [PDF – 2 MB]

NCHS Webinar: What happened with births in 2020?

Date: Monday, June 28, 2021

Description: You may have heard in the news that U.S. births are declining. You may even be wondering how births in 2020 compare with previous years. Join experts at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to learn about the latest U.S. birth data. Presenters will highlight the release of the 2020 provisional birth data, including new reports that highlight historical trends and analyses, declines in U.S. births by month, and changes in births to New York City residents by month and race and ethnicity. This webinar will also describe monthly provisional estimates for selected pregnancy characteristics and birth outcomes, such as cesarean delivery and preterm birth rates, that may be relevant to the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19.

Presentation Slides [PDF – 1 MB]

NCHS Webinar: Designing Survey Questions about COVID-19

Description: Learn about the development and testing of COVID-19 survey questions from experts with the Collaborating Center for Questionnaire Design and Evaluation Research (CCQDER) at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

As COVID-19 spread through the United States in early 2020, immediate data collection was essential to understand the magnitude of the pandemic’s effects. Still, the influx of information—with new terms and conflicting messages about the virus—made it particularly difficult to develop good survey questions that all potential respondents could understand. This webinar features NCHS question-design experts discussing their evaluation work and key findings from a recent report about the evaluation of COVID-19 survey questions. Presenters also provide an overview of the CCQDER program, outline question design challenges posed by the pandemic, and offer strategies to improve question design for current and future response efforts.

The full cognitive interview evaluation report on COVID-19 survey questions can be found here: Q-Bank COVID-19 report

Presentation Slides [PDF – 733 KB]

Reporting on the Nation’s Health in Health, United States

Date and Time: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 2 pm EST.

Description: The Health, United States report series features national trends in health status and determinants, health care utilization, health care resources, and health care expenditures and payers from a variety of data sources. The latest Health, United States report for the President and Congress, to be released on March 2, 2021, provides relevant data to policymakers and public health professionals to inform evidence-based decisions. This National Center for Health Statistics webinar will summarize key findings from the report, review tools for using the data in health disparities research, and update viewers on program modernization efforts.

Presentation Slides [PDF – 11 MB]

An Overview of the NCHS Data Linkage Program: Leveraging the nation's health data for evidence-based decision making

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Description: NCHS is actively working to expand the utility of its national health survey data by linking information collected in health surveys with other health related sources of data, including Medicare & Medicaid data, death certificates, and information on receipt of federal housing assistance.  This webinar includes a discussion of the Data Linkage Program including the data sources that have been linked and examples of how these linked data can help answer critical health policy questions.  The webinar also highlights the program’s data modernization initiatives as a part of the broader effort to expand current and relevant data to inform evidence-based decisions.

For more information, visit NCHS Data Linkage Activities

Presentation Slides [PDF – 1 MB]

NCHS Research and Development Survey during COVID-19 Webinar: Using an existing survey in a new way

NCHS launched a COVID-specific data collection in July 2020 using the Research and Development Survey (RANDS). NCHS experts will discuss RANDS during COVID-19, including the use of this web survey in a new way to evaluate COVID-related survey questions. This webinar will highlight the release of experimental data from the RANDS on reduced access to health care, loss of work due to illness with COVID-19, and the use of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, transforming the use of RANDS to meet the more immediate needs of the COVID response.

For more information, visit the RANDS during COVID-19 website.


Mental Health in the United States: New Estimates from the National Center for Health Statistics

In 2019, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) included screening measures for anxiety and depression in adults and new questions about the receipt of mental health care among both school-aged children and adults. This webinar will highlight the release of new NCHS reports on anxiety and depression among adults and mental health treatment among children and adults. The webinar will also include NCHS analyses of recent experimental data on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Household Pulse Survey.

For more information, visit the National Health Interview Survey .

Presentation Slides [PDF – 2 MB]

Health, United States, 2018: Annual report, year-round resource

Date and Time: Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 3 pm EST.

Description: Want to learn more about key findings from Health, United States, 2018? Dr. Renee Gindi will present highlights from the latest release of Health, United States and discuss how you can access resources from NCHS surveys and data collection systems. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Presentation Slides [PDF – 2 MB]

Mental Health in the United States: New Estimates from the National Center for Health Statistics

NHIS Mental Health Webinar

In this webinar, join NCHS experts for a discussion of the latest mental health estimates from the 2019 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). Webinar topics include:

  • Overview of the expanded mental health content in the redesigned 2019 NHIS
  • Latest NHIS data on anxiety, depression, and mental health
  • Recent COVID-19 experimental data on mental health from the Household Pulse Survey
NCHS Research and Development Survey during COVID-19 Webinar: Using an existing survey in a new way

RANDS Webinar

In this webinar on NCHS’s COVID-specific Research and Development Survey (RANDS) and learn about:

  • Experimental data from RANDS on reduced access to health care
  • Loss of work due to illness with COVID-19
  • The use of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic and using RANDS to meet the more immediate need of the COVID-19 pandemic
The Latest Data Release and Reports from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

NHANES Webinar

This webinar is a review of the data files and accompanying reports recently released from the 2017-2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).  Learn about NHANES, the latest data and reports, including Data Briefs on obesity, hepatitis B, hypertension, and cholesterol, and what to expect in the future.

Mortality Data Release: Maternal Mortality Highlight

Maternal Mortality Webinar

In this webinar learn about:

  • Detailed information on reporting of maternal mortality statistics
  • How reporting has changed as states have added a pregnancy checkbox on their death certificates
  • Changing in coding procedures
  • Release of the first official national Maternal Mortality Rate since 2007