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The Revised U.S. Standard Birth Certificate
Opportunities andChallenges

February 17, 2010 (Johns Hopkins Bllomber School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland)

Presented by:
MidAtlantic Public Health Training Center
General Preventive Medicine Residency 



Dr. Bernard Guyer,
Zanvyl Krieger Professor of Childrens’ Health
at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


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Dr. Isabelle Horon,
Director of Vital Statistics
State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene





These training materials are available to you free of charge; no payment is necessary.

Dr. Guyer discusses:

  •  How new vital statistics data can be used at the local level for surveillance and policy-making
  • Techniques to assess such data
  •  Importance of causal frameworks and linking relevant variables
  • The uses of analyses and the importance of using resources wisely

Dr. Horon’s presentation includes:

  • Roles of vital statistics: civil registration, public health data and surveillance, national security
  • The development and implementation of an electronic Vital Records System for Maryland
  • Modified and New Birth Certificate Items
  • Challenges: effects of years of underfunding on national data
  • A vision for future improvements



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