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Vital Statistics

Overview

The Vital Statistics team is located within the Statistical Services Branch of the State Center for Health Statistics. The team is responsible for the processing and dissemination of vital statistics data. The Vital Statistics Team is comprised of a Statistical Supervisor, three Statisticians and one Statistical Research Assistant. The team has two main functions:

  1. Quality Control: This group is charged with developing and implementing thorough quality control initiatives to improve the accuracy of vital records data. The Quality Control group works closely with staff in the Vital Records Office to investigate data quality issues and work toward reasonable solutions. Each year, this group processes and finalizes the following data files: Deaths, Births, Fetal Deaths, Matched Birth/Infant Deaths, Marriages and Divorces. An annual Infant Mortality Report is also generated by this group. In addition, the members of this group perform infant death/live birth matching, code vital events that occur out-of-state and contribute to other annual publications based on Vital Statistics data.
  2. Data Dissemination: This group produces and disseminates statistical information to the public. These statisticians respond to requests from citizens, health departments, students, the media, private corporations, hospitals, universities and legislators. They work with researchers and government agencies on special projects involving vital statistics data. They create the Population, Abortion and Communicable Disease data files. This group also assists with the production of SCHS reports and publications, such as the County Health Data book for Community Assessment, North Carolina Reported Pregnancies and the Pocket Guide.