Producers of health statistics may be grouped into three broad categories; government agencies, professional/nonprofit associations, and research institutes.
1. Government Agencies
These groups collect analyze and distribute vital statistics as well as data on the morbidity and mortality from notifiable or reportable diseases. Under legal mandate, the states collect the data from municipalities or counties and forward it to the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The NCHS and CDC then forward the data to the National Institutes and other DHHS agencies to support their programs.
o Municipality-level data is offered for births (1997-2005) and deaths (1999-2003) including cause. Any further municipal level data is available only by phone request to the appropriate state office. The Center also makes available a request form for health data.
2. Professional/Nonprofit Associations
Look for links to statistics, scientific sources, or information for researchers or information for health professionals.
3. Research Institutes and Foundations
Some foundations collect statistics or conduct their own analyses to support their mission. Other institutes investigate public policy issues or conduct research under contract and then distribute the results. If your area of interest coincides with the work of the foundation or institute, you may find relevant data. Try a site search on your subject.
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