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The Revised U.S. Standard Birth Certificate: Opportunities and Challenges

February 17, 2010
(Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore MD)

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

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






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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