The National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) is the national nonprofit organization representing the state vital records and public health statistics offices in the United States. Formed in 1933, NAPHSIS brings together more than 250 public health professionals from each state, the five territories, New York City, and the District of Columbia.
Vital records offices register births and deaths and issue certified copies of birth and death certificates for legal and administrative purposes. At some point, each of us will need to use a birth certificate to prove our identity. Vital records offices provide these legal documents to you through a careful and secure process that helps prevent identity theft and other fraudulent acts. Many state and federal government agencies also use vital records data and NAPHSIS systems to safeguard your identity...See More
Promoting Public Health
Birth and death records contain more than just your legal name and the date of your birth. These records also include valuable health information used to plan and evaluate public health programs and measure the health of our populace. When you hear about the latest teen pregnancy rates or read about the number of cancer and heart disease deaths in your community, vital records are the source.
The NAPHSIS mission is to provide national leadership for both vital records and related information systems in order to establish and protect individual identity and improve population health.
An accurate, timely, and secure record of all vital events in the nation.
On behalf of its membership, NAPHSIS and its partners educate policymakers about the importance of vital records and infrastructure modernization in order to secure continued federal investment in these priorities. NAPHSIS also provides technical assistance and training, educational programs, and access to resources that assist in vital records and health statistics management.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are Vital Records?
A. Vital records are the official records of birth, death, fetal death, marriage, and divorce that are collected by the registrars of vital statistics in every state, the District of Columbia, New York City, and the five US territories.
Q: What are Vital Statistics?
A: Vital statistics are the combined data or indicators that come from vital records. These vital statistics are used to measure the health of the populace and to plan and evaluate public health programs that improve health.
Q: How can I obtain information regarding my own vital records?
A: Each state, the District of Columbia, New York City, and the five territories has an office of vital records that can provide information on the vital events that occurred within its jurisdiction. The requirements and fees for obtaining copies of vital records vary by state. Use the 'Find Your Birth Certificate' button on our homepage to contact the appropriate vital records office.
Shawna A. Webster
Chief Operating Officer & Interim Executive Director
Program Manager, Information Systems
Program Manager, Vital Statistics Improvement
Director, Communications & Training
Headquarters – General Office
962 Wayne Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
NAPHSIS Board of Directors
June 2016 – June 2018
Lou Saadi (KS) - President
Kelly Baker (OK) - Past President
Richard McCoy (VT) - President-Elect
Mark Miller (NE) - Treasurer
Jeff Duncan (UT) - Secretary
Glenn Copeland (MI) - Member at Large
Molly Crawford (MN) - Member at Large
Jeremy Peterson (ID) - Member at Large
Shae Sutton (SC) - Member at Large