Shaping a Vision for 21st Century Health Statistics. Process, participants, and products


For the health statistics vision, NCVHS, NCHS and the Data Council designed a process with many opportunities for consultation with a broad range of health statistics users, public health professionals, and health care providers from communities around the country and abroad. Special priority has been given to hearing state and local perspectives, by talking with people who use health statistics at state and local levels. The partners also commissioned five scholarly papers to contribute to a common understanding of health statistics and to help identify what needs improving. (Titles and authors are listed in the Appendix.) Key participants in the process are listed at the end of this report.

The consultative process involved these components in 1999 and early 2000:

  • A total of seven workshops and meetings in Harrisburg PA, New Orleans, Albuquerque, and Washington, D.C. (Summaries of these meetings and lists of participants are posted on the NCVHS Website.(6))
  • Presentations and discussions at professional association meetings, including those of the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems, the Association for Health Services Research, the National Association of Health Data Organizations, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
  • Meetings with public health and health statistics professionals within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ongoing)
  • A two-day workshop on health statistics hosted in November 1999 by the Committee on National Statistics of the National Academy of Sciences, which also invited papers

This consultative process is open and ongoing, and efforts are being made to engage many more stakeholders. To continue the dialogue, NCVHS plans four regional hearings for the last half of 2000 and early 2001. Information on these events and on other ways to contribute are outlined on pages 20-21.

Release of the final Vision document is slated for Summer 2001.