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Publications - Frequently Asked Questions

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How to request a printed publication from the State Center for Health Statistics.

Due to efforts to reduce costs, printed copies of SCHS publications are no longer available for many of our SCHS publications. To make our publications more widely available, we post all of our reports on our web site. Please use the Search Tool to find the information you need. It's easy to download and print the information from your computer, and it's available immediately.

You can also check the North Carolina library system External link, which can direct you to libraries, such as a health sciences library or a North Carolina federal depository library that maintain copies of our publications.

I would like to conduct research. How can I request data files from the State Center for Health Statistics?

Many of the data files that SCHS maintains are not public record. For questions regarding access to our detailed data files, please contact us. However, public-use (de-identified) Vital Statistics data files are available from the Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC-CH External link.

I'm not sure the publication contains the information I need. How can I find out?

First, access the publication through our Publications site. It may contain a summary or highlights page. If you still have questions, call or email us to talk with someone. If you decide you want the paper version, then access and print it through our Publications site or request it through the library system External link.  Published supplies are limited, and once exhausted, they are not re-printed - except for the libraries.

I need statistics that are not available in any of your online reports or query systems.

Within our available resources, the State Center responds to special requests for ad-hoc data analysis. Priority is given to state-mandated and state-funded projects, collaborations and grants. Requests requiring extensive analysis or computer programming may be subject to a charge and completed as available staff time permits.

How to view and download SCHS publications

Publications are in .pdf format to make reading and printing easier. You will need to download the free software Adobe Reader External link to view or print these publications. If you receive an error message, please verify that you have the most recent version of the Reader.

How to cite publications

How to obtain a birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificate

Visit the Vital Records web page for information on obtaining copies of birth, death, marriage and divorce records.

How to provide feedback

View our contact page.