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National Center for Health Statistics
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is the principal U.S. Federal agency responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating statistical information relevant to the health and well-being of the American public. The purpose of the NCHS is to provide information that may be used to guide actions and policies to improve the health of Americans. It is a center within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is located within the Department of Health and Human Services. The NCHS, along with nine other federal statistical agencies, is represented on the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy (ICSP), part of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The purpose of the ICSP is to coordinate statistical work and provide advice and counsel to the OMB. The NCHS conducts a wide range of annual, periodic, ...