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Division of Health Statistics

The mission of the Division of Health Statistics is to assure access to timely, comprehensive, population-based health data to support community needs assessments, evidence-based policy and program decisions, and evaluations of health outcomes and services.

 

The Division of Health Statistics

collects and disseminates vital records data, conducts research and produces reports which help guide health policy issues affecting the Commonwealth of Virginia. Communicating health information to the public and health officials in a user-friendly and cost effective format is one of our top goals. Our databases contain a wealth of information useful to the researcher in delineating and investigating health trends. For health program managers these data provide a means for planning and evaluating activities, and they also provide a guide for the assignment of resources. Our annual reports and supplements provide detailed information on a range of measures including: population, teenage pregnancies, births, deaths, induced terminations and fetal deaths.

 

Mission Statement

To assure access to timely, comprehensive population-based health data to support community needs assessments, evidence-based policy and program decisions, and evaluations of health outcomes and services. This mission is accomplished through the collection, analysis and dissemination of population-based health data. Our mission to provide appropriate access is balanced with the need to protect the privacy of individuals. Data is collected via vital records, through the use of surveys, and by partnerships with other public and private entities such as the U.S. Census Bureau. Customers for our information include the general public, other legislative and executive branch agencies (both state and federal), local communities and researchers. The Division of Health Statistics works as a partner with the National Center for Health Statistics and with its counterparts in other states.

 

Last Updated: 08-05-2014

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