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Special Data Requests
Most of the data available from the HSC are contained in one or more of HSC publications. Occasionally, there may be unique and specific needs that are not contained in the reports. The HSC will try to make reasonable accommodation to persons or organizations making special requests.
There is no charge for most special requests; however, should the request involve a large amount of staff time (such as manually pulling records), it may be necessary to negotiate a research agreement to cover the expense.
The HSC will review all requests to determine if there is a potential for a breach of confidentiality. The HSC will also review the results before releasing the data to determine if information is misleading or inappropriate. This usually results from frequencies and events that are too small to accurately reflect a situation. For requests that involve small numbers, it is often necessary to combine multiple years of data to obtain statistically valid result.
When making special requests, please remember:
Information that is collected on birth and death certificates can be provided in summary form (no personal identifiers). Information collected from the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey has no personal identifiers.
Vital Statistics Data for a specific calendar year will not be provided until after the vital statistics report for that year is published. Vital statistics information is published as soon as practical, but out-of-state records on West Virginia residents must be received before data analysis can be accomplished.
Please have a clear idea of what you want. For example: asking for the number of births that occurred in Kanawha County is different than the number of births to Kanawha County residents.
To make a request, call, write, or email the Health Statistics Center.