National Center for Health Statistics Experts to Speak on Data Usage in Opioid Mortality, Electronic Health Records

October 13, 2019



Experts from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will visit the University of Kentucky on Oct. 24, 2019. Two sessions will offer interested researchers insight into data resources available through the NCHS, as well as tips on successfully completing requests for NCHS data.

The first session will feature two components: “The National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data for Monitoring the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic”, presented by Deputy Director for the Division of Vital Statistics Dr. Paul Sutton, and “The National Hospital Care Survey: Modernizing the Monitoring of the Nation’s Health Care by Linking Electronic Health Records to Death Record Information and Administrative Data”, presented by Deputy Director of the Division of Health Care Statistics Dr. Carol DeFrances, alongside Geoff Jackson and Amy Brown, statisticians for the NCHS Hospital Care Team.

The second session, “Successfully Completing a National Center for Health Statistics Research Data Center Request for National Hospital Care Survey Data”, will be led by Jackson.


All sessions will take place in the Todd Pharmacy Building. Lunch will be provided during the first session from noon to 1:30 pm in room 152. The second session will take place from 1:45 to 2:45 pm in room 234. Attendees planning to attend either session should register online.


The NCHS visit to UK is made possible through the support of the UK College of Pharmacy Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, the UK College of Public Health, and the Kentucky Data Research Center. For more information contact Kelsey Carter.



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