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Press Release: July 23, 2014 - NAPHSIS & IT giant Cognizant team up to promote EVVE
NAPHSIS has selected Cognizant as its consulting and technology partner to transform its Electronic Verification of Vital Events (EVVE) system in order to make it easier for businesses and government entities to verify birth and death records, and prevent identity theft.  Read more here...
2014 Regional Meetings
Our yearly regional meetings will be occurring this September and October!  The Northeast Regional will be in Portland, ME on Sept. 11 and 12.  The Midwest meeting will take place in Madison, WI on Sept. 25 and 26.  The Western Regional will be in Boise, ID on Oct. 2 and 3, and the Southern will be held in New Orleans, LA on Oct. 23 and 24.  See the Meetings section of our website for more information on each meeting, including hotel arrangements and registration. 
Thank you to everyone who made the 2014 NAPHSIS Meeting such a success!  We hope everyone's experience in Seattle was productive and educational.  See the 2014 Meeting page for follow-up information on the meeting.  
Birth Data Quality Workgroup Reports Available 
The NAPHSIS/NCHS Birth Data Quality Workgroup recently tasked a subgroup with assessing the quality of prenatal care data collected on the US Standard Certificate of Live Birth and recommending potential improvements.  Their final report, "Review of the Prenatal Care Data Items with Recommendations for Improvement", was presented at the NAPHSIS Annual Meeting in Seattle in early June, and a copy can be downloaded by clicking here.  
The Birth Data Quality Workgroup also has released Efforts to Improve Birth Data Quality: Results from a Survey of Data Quality Practices among US Vital Records Jurisdictions.  This report summarizes findings from a survey of the jurisdictions regarding vital events data submitted to NCHS, and provides recommendations for improving data quality practices.
This video clip was created for the Congressional Hill Briefing in partnership with NAPHSIS Corporate Member ManTech, International who also helped sponsor the event. 

MORE, BETTER, FASTER! NAPHSIS and the Annie E. Casey Foundation present: MORE, BETTER, FASTER: Strategies for Improving the Timeliness of Vital Statistics, a report created with a grant from AECF to explore the challenges in collecting, processing and delivering timely vital statistics data.

Research Review Process for Access to NCHS Data Access to, and use of, national vital records-based data sets from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) requires the approval of NAPHSIS. The NAPHSIS review process is conducted prior to the NCHS review and includes both federal and non-federal requests for restricted data files. This page of our Website contains information on the review process, criteria, and evaluation outcomes for requests to use NCHS vital statistics data.

2011 Model Law Revision - The 2011 Model Law Revision was released on September 7, 2011, but is still pending DHHS approval. Click here to download a copy.

Who We Are

NAPHSIS is the professional association of state vital records and public health statistics offices in the United States. Vital records offices produce legal birth and death certificates, and collect critical health and demographic data. The information our members collect and the statistics they produce are the foundation for program planning, surveillance, and research in areas such as maternal and child health, pandemic disease control, reducing health disparities, and identifying emerging health concerns. Formed in 1933, NAPHSIS brings together members from all fifty U.S. states, five territories, New York City, and the District of Columbia. In addition, NAPHSIS provides technical assistance and training, conducts educational programs, and provides access to resources to assist in vital records and health statistics management.

Our Mission
The NAPHSIS mission is to provide national leadership for both vital records and related information systems in order to establish and protect individual identity and improve population health.

Our Vision
An accurate, timely, and secure record of all vital events in the nation.