MCHS Vital Statistics - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Minnesota Vital Statistics System

The Minnesota Vital Statistics System (MVSS) is a part of the Minnesota Center for Health Statistics (MCHS) at the Minnesota Department of Health. The MVSS compiles statistical data on all births, deaths, infant deaths, and fetal deaths to Minnesota residents. These data are provided to MVSS by the Office of Vital Records, the state entity responsible for registering the facts of birth and death in the State of Minnesota using information submitted by hospitals, clinics, or medical examiners.

The MCHS creates statistical files that are used to monitor trends in vital statistics (e.g., pregnancy risk factors, birth outcomes, and causes of death), for the state overall and for specific subgroups (e.g., race, age, or county of residence). These data allow MDH and public health partners to identify emerging issues, develop tailored prevention or intervention programs, and monitor progress in addressing health disparities. Summary statistics are reported each year in the Annual Health Summary, County Health Tables, and Vital Statistics Trend Reports located on our website.

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