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From Cradle to Grave: How Vital is Vital Registration in the Next Decade, and for Whom?

"From Cradle to Grave: How Vital is Vital Registration in the Next Decade, and for Whom?"


Meeting Description:


NACCHO & CityMatCH co-produce E-MCH webinars."75th Anniversary of Title V" Series features long standing issues.

Vital statistics are perhaps the most widely used national, state, and local data for identifying & addressing public health issues. The existence of a national system of the registration of vital events depends on a cooperative relationship between the states & federal government. The impetus for the use of vital records as the basis of a public health data system came from the realization that records of births & deaths, particularly records of deaths by cause of death, could provide information needed for the control of epidemics and prevention of mortality through sanitary reform.  Join us for an interactive learning event to gain better understanding of the current state of our national system, and challenges to collecting & sharing of these data.

Bruce B. Cohen, PhD
Director, Division of Research and Epidemiology
Bureau for Health Information, Statistics, Research, & Evaluation
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Joyce A. Martin, MPH Epidemiologist & Julia Kowaleski, Statistician,
Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics

Laurin Kasehagen Robinson, MA, PhD
Senior CDC MCH Epidemiologist / Assignee to CityMatCH
Maureen Fitzgerald, MPA CityMatCH


NACCHO and CityMatCH have been approved and renewed by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to provide continuing education for the Emerging Issues in Maternal and Child Health Series beginning October 20, 2009 – October 20, 2011. To view the accreditation statement, please visit 
























Date: Thu, Jan 20, 2011
Time: 03:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): CityMatCH & NACCHO Maureen Fitzgerald, MPA - host
 Presenter Information
Bruce B. Cohen, Ph.D.
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Avid manager/researcher in chronic disease, minority health surveillance, social demography, perinatal issues, vital statistics, & health services research. 
Dr. Cohen is interested in simplifying epidemiologic data for community advocacy, data release guidelines, race-ethnicity variation in disease patterns, use of population estimates and socioeconomic data for small area health analyses, impact of the use of assisted reproductive technology, & evaluation of health programs.

Director of the Division of Research/Epidemiology for the Bureau of Health Information & Statistics in the MA Dept of Public Health, chair of the Dept IRB and holds adjunct appointments at Tufts Medical School, & U. of Mass & Boston U’s Schools of Public Health.

PhD in Epidemiology, UC-Berkeley, School of Public Health; MS in comprehensive health planning, UCLA; & BA in social/behavioral sciences, the Johns Hopkins University.

Julia Kowaleski
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Statistician, Division of Vital Statistics
National Center for Health Statistics

Ms. Kowaleski is a Statistician in the Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, where she has worked for over 30 years.

Julie has worked as a liaison with State vital registration and statistics executives over the last 27 years. Her focus has been on promoting uniformity, quality, and efficiency in the U.S. vital statistics system, as well as directing and teaching a course on Vital Statistics Records and Their Administration.

Currently, Julie is directing the project to revise the Model State Vital Statistics Act and Regulations.

Joyce A. Martin, M.P.H.

Martin holds a BA from American University School of International Service -- International Relations, concentrating in Middle Eastern politics & an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health (epidemiology & biostatistics).

She spent 2 years in North Yemen with the Peace Corps & joined the Dept of Labor as a federal labor law investigator. Martin joined NCHS/CDCs Division of Vital Statistics, Reproductive Statistics Branch in 1991; she leads the birth team: planning, developing, & analyzing birth, fetal death, & linked birth/infant death files.

First author of the annual final reports of birth data (Births: Final Data) she provides consultation, expertise & guidance on vital statistics perinatal data, specializing in health topics & issues surrounding the 2003 Revision of The Standard Certificate of Live Birth & Report of Fetal Death. Primary research interests: outcome measures --birthweight, gestational age,  multiple births, improving the quality of vital statistics data.