CDC TO LEAD JMU PUBLIC-HEALTH WORKSHOP MARCH 2-3

From: Media Relations

February 9, 2005

HARRISONBURG A two-day "Statistical Workshop" on understanding the issues related to tracking public-health indicators offered by the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics will be held March 2 and 3 at James Madison University.

Sponsored by the CDC and JMU's Institute for Innovations in Health and Human Services, the workshop serves as a roadmap for researchers producing analyses comparable with Healthy People 2010 goals, measures and data for future publications, dissertations and other theses.

The workshop takes place both days from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Ballroom A, College Center. The registration fee of $60 ($30 for students) includes meals both days and a workshop manual. Registrants must sign up by Feb. 18 at the Web site at www.iihhs.jmu.edu/cdcconference05/registration.

In addition to faculty and students in research and statistics, the workshop would be of interest to health researchers, epidemiologists, statisticians, program planners and other professionals interested in health data and evaluation.

The three workshop instructors, all from the CDC-NCHS Health Promotion Statistics Branch, will be its Acting Chief Richard Klein, who manages the Healthy People 2010 program at NCHS; health statistician Suzanne Proctor, who coordinates data in the program areas of access to quality health services, environmental health, injury and violence prevention, and tobacco use; and associate staff fellow Erin Reidy, who is data coordinator for the areas of cancer, chronic kidney disease, heart disease and stroke, and immunization and infectious diseases.

The workshop will cover an introduction to Healthy People 2010, major health data systems, variability and data suppression, small area estimation, race and ethnicity classification, measuring health disparities, age adjustment, mortality data and Web data.

For more information on the workshop, visit the Web site at www.iihhs.jmu.edu/cdcconference05/.

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