The Vital Records and Their Administration training will be hosted by NAPHSIS and the Division of Vital Statistics within the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). This course will provide a good foundation for staff new to vital records. 


Audience: Staff new to vital records and health statistics and staff needing a refresher.


Objectives: After this workshop, attendees will have:

  • solid foundation of vital records history

  • understanding of the purpose/mission of NCHS and NAPHSIS

  • basic knowledge of vital records operations

  • understanding of the various legal aspects of vital records

  • knowledge about fraud detection and ensuring confidential information is protected

  • information on where to go for resources available from NCHS and NAPHSIS

  • established contacts in other jurisdictions for future networking and consultation


Topics: Attendees will learn about:

  • Vital Records

  • History

  • Registration

  • Amendments & Issuance

  • Legal Aspects of Vital Records including model law and data sharing

  • Security & Fraud Prevention

  • National Center for Health Statistics

  • Purpose

  • VSCP

  • Importance of Vital Records Data

  • How to Improve Data Quality


  • Membership and Meetings

  • Committees/Workgroups

  • Training & Mentoring

  • Advocacy


There is an application process to attend the course which will be held March 15-17, 2021. Those wishing to attend should complete the course application as soon as possible. The deadline to submit an applications is January 20, 2021. Space is limited and preference will be given to applicants with the least amount of vital records and health statistics work experience. 


Applicants will be notified on January 26, 2021 regarding acceptance for the course. Logistics information will be sent directly to accepted applicants. There is no registration fee to attend.


Staff who are new to our area of public health should strongly consider attending. Even staff who have been working in vital records and vital statistics for several years can benefit from a refresher on these important fundamentals, provided they have not attended this course in the recent past, as space is limited.


Link for course application.