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Last Minute Reminders for NAPHSIS 2019

We're looking forward to seeing you in Columbus next week! Here are several important reminders to help you make the most of your meeting experience…

Before you leave home…

Pack Appropriate Clothing! The last day of the meeting, Thursday, June 6th, will include the annual business meeting of the Association. We encourage all of our health department members to show their jurisdictional pride and wear a t-shirt, cap, or other clothing item that represents your state or territory. Please dress to show pride in the place you call home!

Bring Your Favorite Book! Reach Out and Read is dedicated to giving young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read together. We are pleased to support this cause with a monetary and book donation drive! Please consider bringing a favorite book to Columbus (up to 2nd grade reading level) to donate. Please review the Book Donation Guidelines before bringing items with you. Reach Out and Read will be collecting donations (books or cash!) at their booth in our exhibit hall.

When you arrive in Columbus…

Check-in at NAPHSIS 2019. The NAPHSIS registration desk will be open from 7am to 5pm on Monday, June 3rd. All meeting attendees should stop by the desk on the 3rd floor of the Hyatt Regency Columbus to pick up their bag with meeting materials, including name badge, meeting program, and other important information! The desk will also be open 7am to 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 7am to 8:30 am on Thursday.

During the week…

Visit our Exhibit Hall! The hall will open with a Welcome Reception on Monday evening, June 3, starting at 6pm. All attendees are invited to join us for complimentary beverages, light snacks, and networking, made possible by the generosity of our Gold Partners Verus Financial and Axiell. Then get ready to move to the beat of our keynote speaker and musical entertainment, Tim Eggebraaten! Cash bar will be available from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.

During the rest of the week, our exhibit hall will provide members an opportunity to connect with our partner organizations in electronic systems, security products, genealogy services, and imaging. The exhibit hall will be open for business on Tuesday the 4th from 7am to 5pm and Wednesday the 5th from 7am to 3:30pm.

Attend the VSCP Annual Meeting. All jurisdictions are contractually required to have staff in attendance at the VSCP meeting on Tuesday, June 4th at 1:30pm. Staff from NCHS’s Data Acquisition, Classification and Evaluation Branch will be covering VSCP/NDI invoicing reminders and Special Project funding, maps of key VSCP performance measures, an overview of the Division of Vital Statistics mortality file closing process, and many more important topics. Roll will be taken, so please arrive in plenty of time to get seated by 1:30 p.m!

Join Us at COSI! Special thanks to Platinum Partners Ancestry.com and LexisNexis VitalChek for sponsoring our group outing on the evening of Tuesday, June 4. All attendees are invited to join us at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) - the nationally esteemed science center that inspires interest in science, technology, engineering, and math - for food, drinks, and terrific music from the MoveMakers showband! Come explore the science center, dust off your dance moves, and be ready to have some fun. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and a full bar will be provided. Any of our registered attendees bringing a guest to the outing can buy an additional ticket for the event for $50 per person at the NAPHSIS registration desk at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

Get a Photo Taken! NAPHSIS is bringing a photographer to take headshot photographs of each meeting attendee to use as your personal and professional representation in areas such as your jurisdictional website, social media profile, and general branding identity. More information will be provided at the registration desk.

We hope these last-minute tips are helpful in making your plans for the meeting. As always, all the latest information can be found on the NAPHSIS 2019 meeting page, including an electronic copy of the meeting program. See you in Columbus!

NCUIH Seeking Input from Vital Records Professionals through Listening Sessions

A high number of errors in identifying American Indian/Alaska Natives at death has lead to substantial underestimates of the true burden of disease among this population. Now, the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) and Centers for Disease Control are working together to improve vital records data by identifying how race, ethnicity, and tribal affiliation are recorded on death certificates. They would like to hear from the NAPHSIS members on this important topic.

NCUIH invites you to provide your insights in an upcoming listening session that will help inform and shape training, policy, and other recommendations to improve racial misclassification on death certificates. Listening sessions will be held on Thursday, June 13th and Tuesday, June 18th. Discussion topics will include the process for collecting and reporting demographic information, barriers you may have encountered in obtaining consistent and accurate data, and potential opportunities to solve these problems.

See this page of our website for instructions on how to participate in the sessions, or email Andrew Kalweit, Research Associate at NCUIH, for more information.

Resources Available: Ordering Handbooks from NCHS

Several states have recently asked how they can obtain more copies of the various printed handbooks for Physicians, Medical Examiners/Coroners, Funeral Directors, and Birth Clerks.



This gives me an opportunity to remind your office that the National Center for Health Statistics publishes these books and will be happy to send your office additional copies upon request. Your office can order handbooks as you need them by simply visiting the Info on Demand page of the CDC Website and submitting your order. Also, NCHS staff have kindly provided this downloadable set of instructions to help with the ordering process. Please make use of these important resources for educating your data providers!


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