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Inside NCHS: Featured Topics from the National Center for Health Statistics Posts

Director’s Corner—The Importance of Privacy

Charles Rothwell, NCHS Director

With all the recent concerns about the collection and use of information gathered by the National Security Agency and other agencies both public and private, I think it is an appropriate time to go over the responsibilities of a federal statistical agency like NCHS. NCHS and all other federal statistical agencies are governed by four Read More >

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Reflections of an International Statistician

Dr. Pavlina Rumcheva

By Dr. Pavlina Rumcheva, Senior Service Fellow NCHS Office of Research and Methodology I will tell a brief story about my life as a statistician around the world. My starting point was the city of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. I was born and grew up there, and lived there during my high school and Read More >

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Dr. Nat Schenker Serves Statistics as ASA President-Elect

Dr. Nat Schenker

As director of the Office of Research and Methodology, Dr. Nathaniel Schenker spends his working days absorbed in the details of the world of statistics, with emphasis on how they apply to National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Outside of the office? He spends more time on the world of statistics, but with a more global view. Read More >

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Ask the Expert: LCDR Erin Nichols, Verbal Autopsy

LCDR Erin Nichols

[Editor’s Note: NCHS’s International Statistics Program collaborates with domestic and international partners in many public health projects around the world. We spoke with epidemiologist LCDR Erin Nichols about one of the program’s more ambitious projects: verbal autopsy.]   Q. How did the verbal autopsy project come about, and who you will be working with? A. Read More >

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NCHS Undertakes Systematic Evaluation of Major Programs

Dr. Virginia Cain

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is responsible for monitoring the nation’s health. To make sure that its programs are on target to do so requires evaluation and advice from the broader scientific community. The Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) is a committee charged with providing advice and making recommendations to the secretary of Read More >

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QDRL Works with Federal Agencies to Evaluate Blood Donation Procedures

Dr. Michael Ryan

An integral element of the Office of Research and Methodology’s (ORM) mission is to work with other federal statistical agencies to develop and test survey instruments. To that end, in 1985, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) created the Questionnaire Design Research Laboratory (QDRL). Recent projects include examining alternatives to sexual identification questions used in NCHS’s Read More >

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International Statistics Program Takes a Global View of Health

Dr. Sam Notzon

At the National Center for Health Statistics’s offices in Hyattsville, Md., one of the busiest and most collaborative programs has a distinctly global mission. The International Statistics Program (ISP), under director Dr. Sam Notzon, gives NCHS a presence beyond our national borders, actively supporting NCHS programs and working with international organizations to improve the collection Read More >

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Advancing the State of Methodological Knowledge

Dr. Nat Schenker

By thinking small, Dr. Nathaniel Schenker hopes that he and his associates will make a big contribution in the fight against cancer. Dr. Schenker is director of the Office of Research and Methodology (ORM), which serves as the central methodological research, development, and consulting unit for the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). ORM provides Read More >

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Nosologists: What Do They Do and Why Is It Important?

Medical coders Celia Dickens, Tyringa Crawford, and Holly Lambert pose behind a manual. They are part of a select group; around the world there are only a few mortality coders.

“How many causes of death are there?” The question makes the experts from the Division of Vital Statistics (DVS) share looks and smiles as they point towards enormous binders. A death certificate often includes a series of conditions that led to the death of an individual. Each condition has a code and is tracked on Read More >

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NHANES’ MEC Collects Health Data

Faye McDonald Smith The Mobile Exam Center (MEC) is an important part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which, since 1999, is conducted annually to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. NHANES conducts interviews at the home and exams at the MEC. These data Read More >

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