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Vital Events

Area Resource File (ARF)

Produced annually, the ARF is a county-level compilation of existing data from numerous sources including the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the U. S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the Health Care Financing Administration. The ARF is cumulative, with the completeness and frequency of data elements varying by source. The ARF contains data items on health professions, health professions training, health facilities, hospitalization utilization, hospital expenditures, population characteristics and economic data, and environment. Also available are geographic descriptors--such as Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) codes and Metropolitan Area (MA) codes--that allow for easy aggregation of county data into other geographic groupings.

Birth Cohort-Linked Birth/Infant Death Data Set (LBID)

The LBID links the birth and death certificates of infants who died before one year of age. The database itself is comprised of two distinct files: 1) the numerator file, which contains the linked records; and 2) the denominator file, which contains NCHS natality records, as well as a small number of statistical records for late-filed birth certificates and, for the 1983 to 1987 cohorts, other birth certificates from selected states that were needed to match with infant death records. Includes birth and death occurrence and residence, demographics of mother and father, and pregnancy and delivery information. Also contains information on infant race, sex, age, gestation, birth weight, plurality, Apgar score, and underlying and multiple causes of death.

Cohort Fertility Tables

These tables present detailed fertility data for cohorts of women as they pass through their childbearing years and include central birth rates, cumulative birth rates, birth distributions, and birth probabilities. The tables present revised cohort fertility tables for all women for 1960–2000, new cohort fertility tables for all women for 2001–2009, and new cohort fertility tables for white and black women for 1960–2009 based on the race of mother. The cohort fertility tables also provide the percentage of childless women. The tables will be periodically updated with new data for following years. In addition, cohort fertility measures for other race and Hispanic origin groups may be added in the future.

Death of U.S. Citizens Abroad by Non-Natural Causes

Sec. 204(c) of P.L. 107-228, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003, mandates that, to the maximum extent practicable, the Department of State collect and make available on the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site certain information with respect to each United States citizen who dies in a foreign country from a non-natural cause. The information required is: (1) the date of death; (2) the locality where the death occurred; and (3) the cause of death, including, if the death resulted from an act of terrorism, a statement disclosing that fact. Whenever possible, a more specific cause of death is provided (e.g.,Drowning-Ocean, instead of Drowning. The information on the web site must be listed on a country-by-country basis, and must cover deaths occurring since the date of enactment of the legislation on September 30, 2002, or occurring during the preceding three calendar years, whichever period is shorter. The information is updated every six months.

Fatality Analysis Reporting Systems (FARS)

The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) contains data derived from a census of fatal traffic crashes within the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To be included in FARS, a crash must involve a motor vehicle traveling on a traffic way customarily open to the public and result in the death of a person (occupant of a vehicle or a non-motorist) within 30 days of the crash. FARS data released to the public does not include any personal identifying information such as names, addresses, or social security numbers, and Vehicle Identification Numbers are truncated in public access files over the Internet. Thus any data kept in FARS files and available to the public fully conforms with Privacy Act laws.

Fetal Death Data File

The Fetal Death Data File contains data on all registered fetal deaths occurring within the United States. Fetal deaths occurring to U.S. citizens outside the United States are not included. Data are obtained from fetal death reports registered for fetal deaths occurring in each state. Includes data on fetal death occurrence and residence; demographics of mother and father; prenatal care, pregnancy history, and health behaviors of mother; and infant sex, race, plurality, weight, and gestation.

Health, United States

Health, United States presents national trends in health statistics on such topics as birth and death rates, infant mortality, life expectancy, morbidity and health status, risk factors, use of ambulatory and inpatient care, health personnel and facilities, financing of health care, health insurance and managed care, and other health topics.

Mortality, Multiple Cause of Death File (MCOD)

The MCOD File contains information on multiple causes of death, underlying cause of death, and demographics for all deaths occurring within the United States in a given year. Death information is coded according to the International Classification of Diseases.

Natality Data Set

Produced annually, the Natality Data Set contains birth certificate information for births occurring in the United States. Demographic and health characteristic variables for the mother include age, race, birthplace, residence, marital status, and attendant at birth and place of delivery. Information is also collected on medical risk factors of pregnancy, complications of labor and/or delivery, tobacco use, alcohol use, and weight gain during pregnancy. Characteristics for the newborn include sex, birthweight, period of gestation, plurality, live-birth order, Apgar score, abnormal conditions, and congenital anomalies. Limited paternal information includes age and race.

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Multiple Cause-of-Death Public Use Data File

Contains supplementary information for the 1986 through 2004 NHIS. Linkage information was collected of NHIS respondents 18 years old and older to allow for matching to the National Death Index (NDI). Linkage of the NHIS respondents with the NDI provides a longitudinal component to the NHIS that allows for ascertainment of vital status. The addition of vital status permits the use of NHIS data for survival analyses, mortality rates, and life expectancy while using the richness of the NHIS questionnaires as covariates. Information contained in this database includes cause-of-death codes, NCHS cause recodes, and entity-axis and record-axis multiple causes-of-death codes.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Health Data

OECD Health Data provides internationally comparable data on the health care systems of OECD's 30 member countries. It includes historic data, with some time series available back to 1960, and contains information on life expectancy, potential life years lost, premature mortality, perceived health status, medical facilities, health employment, trade in health goods and services, expenditures, environment, nutrition, discharge rate, length of stay, surgical procedures, demographics, education, and economy.

Perinatal Mortality Data File

The Perinatal Mortality Data File combines fetal and infant death data, with infant death data including a linkage to corresponding birth data. This linkage was done using a period format as opposed to the birth cohort format used in the Birth Cohort-Linked Birth/Infant Death Data Set. The period format is based on infant deaths occurring in a given year, regardless of whether the birth occurred in that same year or the previous year; the birth cohort format is based on deaths to infants born in a given year, regardless of whether the death occurred in that same year or in the following year. Contains data on infant and parental demographics, event occurrence and residence, hospital, pregnancy, delivery, and infant health.

Vital Statistics of the United States: Volume I, Natality

This natality file contains tables based on data from live births occurring in the United States (50 states including New York City and the District of Columbia). The tables are based on information from the total file of records, and data is limited to births occurring within the U.S. to both residents and nonresidents. Information in these tables includes age of mother, age of father, live-birth order and parity, educational attainment of mother, marital status, place of delivery and attendant at birth, birth weight, period of gestation, month pregnancy prenatal care began, number of prenatal visits, Apgar score, tobacco and alcohol use during pregnancy, weight gain during pregnancy, obstetric procedures, complications of labor and/or delivery, abnormal conditions of newborn, congenital anomalies of child, method of delivery, and Hispanic parentage.

Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)

CDC’s WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of trusted sources. Researchers, the media, public health professionals, and the public can use WISQARS™ data to learn more about the public health and economic burden associated with unintentional and violence-related injury in the United States.

Wide-Ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research (CDC WONDER)

CDC WONDER -- Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research – is an easy-to-use, menu-driven system that makes the information resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available to public health professionals and the public at large. It provides access to a wide array of public health information. CDC WONDER furthers CDC's mission of health promotion and disease prevention by speeding and simplifying access to public health information for state and local health departments, the Public Health Service, and the academic public health community. CDC WONDER is valuable in public health research, decision making, priority setting, program evaluation, and resource allocation. With CDC WONDER you can: 1) Access statistical research data published by CDC, as well as reference materials, reports and guidelines on health-related topics; and 2) Query numeric data sets on CDC's computers, via "fill-in-the blank" web pages. Public-use data sets about mortality (deaths), cancer incidence, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, vaccinations, natality (births), census data and many other topics are available for query, and the requested data are readily summarized and analyzed, with dynamically calculated statistics, charts and maps.

Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health (WISH)

WISH gives you information about health indicators (measures of health) in Wisconsin. WISH allows policy makers, health professionals, and the public to submit questions (requests for data) and receive answers (tables) over the Internet. To construct answers to your questions, WISH uses protected databases containing Wisconsin data from a variety of sources. Most modules contain data for multiple years and geographic areas.

Wisconsin Violent Death Reporting System (WVDRS)

The Wisconsin Violent Death Reporting System (WVDRS) is a statewide, active surveillance system that collects detailed information on all suicide deaths, all homicide deaths, deaths of undetermined intent, deaths resulting from legal intervention, and deaths related to unintentional firearm injuries that occur in Wisconsin. See also the National Violent Death Reporting System.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The Global Health Observatory (GHO) data repository provides access to over 50 datasets on priority health topics including mortality and burden of diseases, the Millennium Development Goals (child nutrition, child health, maternal and reproductive health, immunization, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected diseases, water and sanitation), non communicable diseases and risk factors, epidemic-prone diseases, health systems, environmental health, violence and injuries, equity among others. In addition, the GHO provides on-line access to WHO's annual summary of health-related data for its 194 Member states: the World Health Statistics 2011. Many of these datasets represent the best estimates of WHO using methodologies for specific indicators that aim for comparability across countries and time; they are updated as more recent or revised data become available, or when there are changes to the methodology being used. Therefore, they are not always the same as official national estimates, although WHO whenever possible will provide Member States the opportunity review and comment on data and estimates as part of country consultations. Please check the Indicator and Measurement Registry for indicator specific information.

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