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NCHS Releases Global Training Course on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems

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The International Statistics Program of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) announces the launch of a new global training course on civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. LCDR Erin Nichols of the International Statistics Program (ISP) says that she and her colleagues created the training course to provide background and important information on Read More >

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NCHS Volunteers an Integral Part of CDC’s Ebola Response Team

Since first coming to the world’s attention in March 2014, the Ebola virus disease epidemic has claimed more than 9,300 lives and sickened more than 23,000 people* in West Africa. Volunteers from the National Center for Health Statistics have joined hundreds of other CDC staff deployed to West Africa and U.S. locations to battle the Read More >

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From Once a Year to On Demand, DVS Rewrites the Rules of Mortality Surveillance

Paul Sutton

Suppose, after years of being able to look back and see only where you had been, you were suddenly able to see exactly where you are, right now, in a clearer, more revealing light. That’s a fair description of the position the Division of Vital Statistics (DVS) finds itself in. Thanks to innovative approaches to data warehousing, Read More >

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Dr. Anne Driscoll: Liberia Deployment “Unforgettable and Enlightening”

Curious children gather when CDC & county health teams visit their village.

NCHS Senior Service Fellow Dr. Anne Driscoll deployed to Liberia from November 16 to December 12, 2014, as part of CDC’s Ebola response. She partnered with the Bomi County health team, World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, Global Communities, International Organization for Migration, Liberian Red Cross Society, and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to improve Read More >

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Dr. Joseph Woodring Returns from Battling Ebola in Liberia

Dr. Joseph Woodring (LCDR, USPHS) in Liberia

NCHS Senior Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Woodring (LCDR, USPHS) deployed to Liberia from October 15 to November 14, 2014, as part of CDC’s Ebola Response. Serving on two county health teams (Nimba and Sinoe), he worked alongside health care workers from Liberia’s Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, Africare, Global Communities, Read More >

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NCHS selects Nat Schenker as its new Deputy Director

Dr. Nat Schenker

Dr. Nathaniel Schenker, associate director of the Office of Research and Methodology (ORM) for the National Center for Health Statistics, has been appointed NCHS Deputy Director. Center Director Charles Rothwell praised the appointment, noting that Dr. Schenker “has been instrumental in developing more collaborative statistical relationships within NCHS and with other federal statistical agencies. Nat Read More >

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Ask the Expert: Dr. Kirsten Herrick

Dr. Kirsten Herrick

The NHANES National Youth Fitness Survey (NNYFS) was developed as a model of comprehensive, youth-targeted fitness and nutrition data collection. As a standalone survey conducted alongside the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), NNYFS collected data on exercise and nutrition habits of U.S. children aged 3 to 15, through interviews and fitness tests conducted in a Read More >

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The Birth Certificate (Finally) Goes National

Joyce Martin, M.P.H.

According to Joyce Martin, M.P.H., lead of the birth team in the Reproductive Statistics Branch, Division of Vital Statistics, a transition that began more than a decade-and-a-half ago will soon be completed, and a new era in national birth certificate data will begin. By the time we ring in 2015, all of America’s 50 states and Read More >

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News Brief: Older Women, First Births

Older woman with child

A recent NCHS Data Brief, drawing on data collected through the National Vital Statistics System, has received nationwide media attention for its findings on first-time births to older mothers. Data Brief No. 152, “First Births to Older Women Continue to Rise,” found significant increases over the past four decades in the average age of women Read More >

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Catching Up With: ASA President Dr. Nathaniel Schenker

Dr. Nat Schenker

In 2013, Inside NCHS interviewed Dr. Nathaniel Schenker, director of the Office of Research and Methodology, about his serving as president-elect of the American Statistical Association (ASA). In the article, Dr. Schenker discussed his presidential agenda. His three main initiatives included having ASA revise its curricula guidelines for undergraduate majors and minors in statistics, developing Read More >

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