2013.0 Monitoring the Public's Health: Using Data from the National Center for Health Statistics

Sunday, October 30, 2011: 8:00 AM
LI Course
CE Hours: 6 contact hours
Partnership: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics
Statement of Purpose and Institute Overview: The purpose of this course is to facilitate the use of the wealth of data and resources of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). NCHS is the nationís principal health statistics agency, providing data to identify and address health issues. NCHS compiles statistical information to help guide public health and health policy decisions. Researchers, policymakers, public health practitioners, journalists, students, and others rely upon these data to identify health problems, risk factors, and disease patterns; plan and assess public health programs; and compare populations, providers, and geographic areas. Participants will be introduced to the portfolio of NCHS data sets, including those of the National Vital Statistics System, National Health Interview Survey, National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, National Survey of Family Growth, and National Health Care Surveys. Data collection methods, analytic considerations, and methods of data access will be discussed. Examples of how NCHS data have been used to understand the populationís health, influences on health, health outcomes, and health care access and use will be presented. Experts from each of the major NCHS program areas will contribute to the presentation, and participants will be encouraged to ask questions and seek guidance on their particular information needs.
Session Objectives: List one example of the types of data collected from each major NCHS data system. Describe three ways that NCHS makes information available to data users. Identify two examples of NCHS data access tools.
Diane Makuc, DrPH

8:15 AM
National Health Interview Survey
James Dahlhamer, PhD
10:30 AM
National Health Care Surveys
Clarice Brown, MS
Break Diane Makuc, DrPH
2:30 PM
2:50 PM
National Survey of Family Growth
Anjani Chandra, PhD
4:35 PM
NCHS Research Data Center
Peter Meyer, MA, MPH
Closing Comments and Q&A. D. Makuc, DrPH

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Organized by: APHA-Learning Institute (APHA-LI)

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)