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Director’s Corner—NCHS and Public Health

Charles Rothwell, NCHS Director

Monday, April 7, marks the beginning of National Public Health Week. For the past 20 years, the American Public Health Association has observed National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health. This makes it a good time reflect Read More >

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Ask the Expert: Dr. Stephen Blumberg

Dr. Stephen Blumberg

Beginning in 2003, NCHS’s National Health Interview Survey [NHIS] has collected information on cell phone ownership and use among its respondents. In the ensuing 10 years, cell phone usage has grown substantially and has become all but ubiquitous. A 2006 Health E-Stat revealed that, for the last six months of 2005: approximately 8.4 percent of Read More >

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Director’s Corner—New Year, New Challenges, New Opportunities

Charles Rothwell, NCHS Director

Every year brings its own set of challenges, opportunities, and successes, and 2013 was certainly no exception. Over the course of the year, a number of long-term leaders chose to retire. Center Director Dr. Edward Sondik; Stephanie Ventura, Chief of the Reproductive Statistics Branch; Marjorie Greenberg, Chief of the Classifications and Public Health Data Standards Read More >

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Feasibility Files Help Researchers Manage Scope

Dr. Jennifer Parker

NCHS’ record linkage program gives researchers a valuable resource, enabling them to take the “long view” and examine the factors that influence disability, chronic disease, health care utilization, morbidity, and mortality. Researchers also have another tool to determine the scope of available research, saving them time and even providing an opportunity to assess data before Read More >

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Early Release Program Races to Publish Timely Survey Results

Dr. Jane Gentleman

From among the many challenges that the National Health Insurance Survey (NHIS) has faced over the past 56 years since it first went into the field, one of the most daunting has been how to publish valid results in a timely manner without compromising the quality of the data. For Dr. Jane Gentleman and her Read More >

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2012 National Conference on Health Statistics

Dr. Mohammed Akhter speaks at Wednesday's plenary session.

More than 1,000 attendees from federal and regional governments, academia, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector converged on the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel August 6–8 for the 2012 National Conference on Health Statistics.   Plenary Session Speakers Address Health, Statistical Challenges National leaders in statistics, health research, and health policy shared the stage at Read More >

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On the Path to Understanding Autism

Data Brief 97, “Diagnostic History and Treatment of School-aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Special Health Care Needs,” published in May 2012, is available for download from the NCHS website.   A collaborative effort between NCHS, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has provided Read More >

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