"Welcome to the National Center for Health Statistics' website, a rich source of information about America's health. As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, we compile statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of our people. We are a unique public resource for health information - a critical element of public health and health policy. Our health statistics allow us to: 1) document the health status of the population and of important subgroups 2) identify disparities in health status and use of health care by race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, region, and other population characteristics 3) describe our experiences with the health care system 4) monitor trends in health status and health care delivery 5) identify health problems 6) support biomedical and health services research 7) provide information for making changes in public policies and programs 8) evaluate the impact of health policies and programs".
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