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PHI-10.2 Data Details

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PHI-10.2 Increase the number of states that record vital events using the latest U.S. standard certificate of death

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
National Vital Statistics System-Mortality
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
32 (2008)
Target-Setting Method: 
Total coverage
Target-Setting Method Justification: 
Additional funding is anticipated for the development of birth and death information systems at the State level, including a data entry system for fetal deaths. This funding is expected to help 100 percent of the States implement the U.S. standard certificate and report in the next decade.

Number of reporting areas that use the 2003 U.S. Standard Death Certificate

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Data Collection Frequency: 
Methodology Notes: 

    The 52 reporting areas included in this measure are the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City. Reporting areas need to be using the full new certificate beginning on January 1 of the year of record to be included in the numerator.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
In 2014, the original data were revised to not include U.S. territories. This revision affected 2012 data. The baseline and target were not revised.


Additional resources about the objective

  1. 2003 Revisions of the U.S. Standard Certificates of Live Birth and Death and the Fetal Death Report