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The various divisions/programs within the office publish three annual reports (Vital Statistics, Behavioral Risk Factor Survey) and the Cancer in West Virginia report that cover general health statistics and health behaviors of West Virginians. In addition to the annual studies, special reports that focus on specific causes of mortality and morbidity and prevention strategies in West Virginia are produced during the year. With the exception of West Virginia County Health Profiles, most of these publications are available in hard copy at no cost in limited quantities to the public by contacting the division that publishes the report.

Some publications are available as web publications only. To request copies, contact:

Health Statistics Center
Room 165
350 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV
25301-3701
304-558-9100

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West Virginia Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Report-2006 This report provides information on behaviors of West Virginians that impact their health status such as tobacco use, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, overweight and obesity.
West Virginia Vital Statistics - 2006 The annual report on West Virginia population, births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. Report includes breakouts by county and cause of death. Links to previous editions are also included.
Pregnancy and Diabetes in WV Pregnancy and Diabetes in West Virginia - December 2007 - PDF(0.4 MB)
Minority Health in West Virginia Minority Health in West Virginia - April 2007 - PDF(1.0 MB)
The Impact of Chronic Kidney Disease in West Virginia This report presents an overview of Chronic Kidney Disease and the growing impact the disease is having on the State of West Virginia.
West Virginia Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Report-2004 and 2005 This report provides information on behaviors of West Virginians that impact their health status such as tobacco use, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, overweight and obesity.
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease - A state and national problem This report provides information on Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease:
Causes, diagnosis, treatment, mortality, and economic cost for WV and US.
West Virginia Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Report - 2003 This report provides information on behaviors of West Virginians that impact their health status such as tobacco use, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, overweight and obesity.
The Burden of Arthritis in West Virginia - 2003 This report describes the prevalence of arthritis.
Dementia: The Growing Crisis in West Virginia This report describes the types, prevalence, costs, risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, for dementia and other material such as mortality and research being done.
West Virginia 2004 County Health ProfilesThe profiles provide an overview of the health and socioeconomic status of West Virginia residents on the state and county levels. Selected health indicators include causes of death, premature deaths, behavioral prevalence, births by age group, births to unwed mothers, tobacco use during pregnancy, infant deaths, education statistics, poverty, and income levels and unemployment figures. The 1997and 2000 are also on-line for comparison purposes.
Tobacco Prevention in West Virginia: A Progress Report, April 2004 - PDF This 21- page report in PDF format gives a status report of tobacco use prevention efforts in West Virginia.
Understanding Stroke in West Virginia - April 2004 A comprehensive examination of cerebrovascular disease, the fourth leading cause of death in the Mountain State.
Child Drownings CFRT Brief #2 - (pdf) This report prepared by the Child Fatality Review Team gives data on 5 years of child drownings in West Virginia and recommendations for prevention of child drownings. April 2004
Statement on Preventing Child Drownings in West Virginia This publication gives recommendations on preventing child drowning deaths and injuries in West Virginia. April 2004
2002 West Virginia Youth Tobacco Survey -December 2003 This report shows tobacco use prevelance of schoolchildren in West Virginia. It is presented in PDF format.
Adolescent Health Profile - February 2004 This WEB based report prepared by the Office of Maternal, Child, and Family Health with assistance of OEHP has U.S. and W.Va. data on adolescents.
West Virginia Aging Health Status Report, -January 2004 "This report is an attempt to clearly depict the health status of older West Virginians. It describes the leading causes of death and disability among the older popultion, so that priorities might be more easily established for health promotion and disease prevention. It describes common individual risk factors that lead to premature disability and death, and summarizes additional socio-economic factors that play a role in securing good health." - Introduction
The Burden of Osteoporosis in West Virginia January 2004 Update. PDF A comprehensive report on the impact of osteoporosis on the citizens of West Virginia.
West Virginia Tobacco Prevention Strategic Plan 2003-2008 - PDF West Virginia's plan for reducing the burden of tobacco use in West Virginia.
Adult Tobacco Survey - 2005 - PDF
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West Virginia's plan for reducing the burden of tobacco use in West Virginia.
The Burden of Asthma in West Virginia - November 2003PDF (0.6 MB) A report on asthma in the West Virginia population.
The Burden of Asthma in West Virginia - August 2007 - PDF (2.6 MB) A report on asthma in the West Virginia population.
Additional Asthma related information is available at the West Virginia Asthma Education and Prevention Programs Web site at http://www.wvasthma.org/
West Virginia Vital Statistics - 1950 - PDF This document has been converted to a pdf format by scanning. It is presented for its historial and comparative value.
Summary, Public Health Statistics of West Virginia 1919-1947 This is the oldest document in the Health Statistics Center archives. It is presented for its value as a historical record.
Epi-Log A quarter publication of the Division of Surveillance and Disease Control covering topics of infectious and communicable diseases in West Virginia.
Tobacco is Killing (and Costing) Us A report on tobacco use rates, smoking-related deaths, and smoking-related health care costs in West Virginia. Released August 2005.
Year 2001 Physician's Report This report list the number of MDs and DOs by speciality and county. The report is not available in hard copy. The Year 2000 Physicians Report is also available as a web document.
Obesity: Facts, Figures, Guidelines A report on obesity in West Virginia.
Fatal Injury in West Virginia A report by the Center for Rural Emergency Medicine, WVU, prepared on behalf of the West Virginia Injury Prevention Coalition.
Cancer in West Virginia - Incidence and Mortality 1993-2003 This report by the Division of Surveillance and Disease Control's Cancer Registry Program reports cancer incidence and mortality for West Virginia by cancer site. The report was updated with 2003 data in June 2006.
The Burden of Cardiovascular Disease in West Virginia A report on the existing problem of cardiovascular disease in West Virginia.
HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report - Year End 2001-2006 HIV/AIDS statistics through 2006.
Epidemiologic Profile of HIV/AIDS in West Virginia, 2003 PFD Format An overview of HIV/AIDS in West Virginia.
West Virginia Healthy People - 2010 This publication sets the public health agenda for the next decade. Prepared with the cooperation of over 300 people, it sets target goals for 29 health topics.
WV Health Status Atlas County and U.S. maps showing the status of various health indicators and conditions. WV maps compare county statistics to state and nation. US maps compare WV statistics to other states and total US.
Air Bags and Unrestrained Front Seat Occupants (PDF Format) This publication by the Child Fatality Review Team explains the danger to West Virginians of riding in air bag equipped vehicles without properly using seatbelts.
Rabies Prevention and Surveillance,(PDF Format) Reporting guidelines, protocol, and general information on rabies from Division of Surveillance and Disease Control.
A Program Plan for Reducing Heart Disease in West Virginia: A Resource Guide for Communities and Individuals Published in 1997, this booklet was developed as a resource to help improve the cardiovascular health of West Virginians. The issues addressed include cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the associated behaviors of tobacco usage, physical activity, and diet. The publication provides answers to general questions concerning each topic, as well as community strategies and references for CVD prevention. This publication was primarily authored by the Division of Health Promotion, Cardiovascular Health Program, but is available from the HSC.
Healthy People 2000 MIDCOURSE REVIEW In 1990, a group of over 100 health processionals collaborated in the development of goals and objectives for the health of West Virginians in the year 2000. This effort culminated in a document titled Healthy People 2000: Setting the Stage for a Healthier West Virginia. Sixty-three objectives were set for twenty-one priority areas dealing with aspects of health ranging from nutrition to tobacco use to occupational safety and health to clinical preventive services. The Midcourse Review documents mid-decade progress toward the objectives, providing a comprehensive update on the state's health status as we approach the end of the century.
West Virginia and the United States: A Comparison of Firearm-Related Mortality Rates Firearm-related violence exacts a terrible toll from our nation in both human and financial terms. Firearms pose a greater risk of injury and death than other weapons, and certain groups are more at risk of suffering firearm-related violence. With the risk increasing nationwide, this 1996 study examines if West Virginia is following trends evident in the country as a whole.
MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report This link takes you to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions MMWR site. The MMWR Search is the best method of finding articles of topics of interest.

HSC Statistical Briefs

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Decline in Teenage (15-19) Birth Rates, 1991 - 2004, West Virginia and the United States - July 2006 Update Brief #1 shows the decline in West Virginia's teenage birth rate and compares West Virginia with the United States.
Selected Sources of Publicly Funded Health Care Coverage in West Virginia - March 2004 Update Brief #2 includes tables and map presenting, by county, the number and percentage of West Virginians receiving publicly funded health care coverage from the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA), Medicare, Medicaid, and/or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This is an update of the 2001 Brief #2.
Selected Sources of Publicly Funded Health Care Coverage in West Virginia Brief #2 includes tables and map presenting, by county, the number and percentage of West Virginians receiving publicly funded health care coverage from the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA), Medicare, Medicaid, and/or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Estimated Number of Adult Cigarette Smokers and Cigarette Consumption, West Virginia, 1990 - 1999 Brief # 3 estimates adult smokers by year, age group, sex, and those who quit smoking for at least one day in previous twelve months.
Smoking: Effects on Mothers and Babies in West Virginia Brief #4. Updated in February 2003.
Firearm-Related Fatality Rates - West Virginia and United States 1993-1998:A Comparison Brief #5 compares West Virginia firearm fatality rates with the United States for the period 1993-1998.
Birth Defects Surveillance System, 1990-1999, West Virginia Residents Brief #6 shows birth defects by county, age of mother, race, gestational age, etc., for the period 1990-1999.
Infant Mortality Statistics by Race, West Virginia Residents Brief #7 reviews West Virginia infant deaths by various risk factors.
A Look at West Virginia's Population by Decade 1950-2000.

Brief #8 reviews the state's population by decade and the natural increase and decrease of population from births and deaths.

Cleft Palette and/or Lip Birth Defects 1990-1999 West Virginia Residents Brief #9
A Look at West Virginia's Aging Population, 1950-2000 West Virginia Residents Brief #10 compares the changes in age segments of West Virginia's population in 1950 and 2000.
Selected Selected Data on Firearms in West Virginia: Mortality, Possession, and Use in Criminal Activity Brief #11 updates a report entitled West Virginia and the United States: A Comparison of Firearm-Related Mortality Rates that was published in 1996 and covered data from 1970 through 1994. this brief updates the report through 2000.

Asthma Surveillance in the West Virginia Medicaid Population - Year 2002

Brief # 12 - Presented in this statistical brief are asthma prevalence rates and asthma-related health care utilization rates among recipients of West Virginia Medicaid for the calendar year 2002. The study was performed by a team headed by Michael Smith, Ph.D., R.Ph., at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy using Medicaid claims data.

Select Data on Suicide in West Virginia and the United States - Years 1992-2001

Brief # 13 - Selected data on suicide broken by gender, ages groups, and method of suicide.
The Burden of Arthritis in West Virginia Brief #14 reviews the costs and prevalence of arthritis in West Virginia.

Gender Differences in Life Expectancy, Mortality, and Health-Related Behaviors - Year 2003

Brief # 15 - Differences in life expectancy, causes of death, behavioral risk factors by gender
Asthma Among West Virginia Children, 2006 Brief #16 reviews childhood asthma in West Virginia. It presents statistics on asthma prevalence, symptoms and disease management, hospitalizations, and health care access and utilization.
Asthma Among West Virginia Elderly Brief #17 reviews asthma in West Virginia's adults age 65 and older. It presents statistics on asthma prevalence, hospitalizations, and mortality.
Asthma Surveillance in the West Virginia Medicaid Population Year 2003 Brief #18 Asthma Surveillance in the West Virginia Medicaid Population Year 2003
Asthma Surveillance in the West Virginia Medicaid Population, 2001-2003 Brief #19 Asthma Surveillance in the West Virginia Medicaid Population, 2001-2003
Asthma Surveillance in the West Virginia CHIP Population Year 2005 Brief #20 Asthma Surveillance in the West Virginia CHIP Population Year 2005
Racial Disparities in Cigarette Smoking Among Adults Brief #21 Racial Disparities in Cigarette Smoking Among Adults
Asthma Hospitalizations, 1996-2006 Brief #22 Asthma Hospitalizations, 1996-2006 - Summarizes data from the WV Health Care Authority and the National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS) on asthma hospitalizations in WV and the US
Selected Data on Suicides by Age Group, WV and US, 1999-2004 Brief #23 Takes a look at the differences between suicide rates in WV versus the US with in age group and gender
Selected Birth Certificate Data on Late-Preterm Births, WV 1993-2007 Brief #25 Analysis of births occurring from 34 to 36 weeks of gestation.

Hard Copy Publications

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2004 and 2005 West Virginia Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Report, May 2007 Annual report of behaviors that effect the health of West Virginia citizens.
Dementia: The Growing Crisis in West Virginia This report describes the types, prevalence, costs, risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, for dementia and other material such as mortality and research being done.
West Virginia Vital Statistics - 2006
May 2008
The annual report of birth, death, marriage, and divorce events. Many previous editions are also available.
2002 West Virginia Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Report, April 2004 Annual report of behaviors that effect the health of West Virginia citizens.
2002 West Virginia Youth Tobacco Survey December 2003 This report shows tobacco use prevelance of school children in West Virginia. It is available on-line in PDF format.
West Virginia Aging Health Status Report, January 2004 "This report is an attempt to clearly depict the health status of older West Virginians. It describes the leading causes of death and disability among the older popultion, so that priorities might be more easily established for health promotion and disease prevention. It describes common individual risk factors that lead to premature disability and death, and summarizes additional socio-economic factors that play a role in securing good health." - Introduction
The Burden of Osteoporosis in West Virginia January 2004 Update. PDF A comprehensive report on the impact of osteoporosis on the citizens of West Virginia. On-line January 2004. Hard copy available in February 2004.
West Virginia Tobacco Prevention Strategic Plan 2003-2008 - PDF West Virginia's plan for reducing the burden of tobacco use in West Virginia.
The Burden of Asthma in West Virginia - PDF A report on asthma on the West Virginia population.
Obesity: Facts, Figures, Guidelines A report on obesity in West Virginia.
The Burden of Cardiovascular Disease in West Virginia A report on the existing problem of cardiovascular disease in West Virginia.
Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) Reports Reports on BRFS data are available annually from 1984-1985 through 1996. All contain data on seatbelt nonuse, hypertension awareness, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, current cigarette smoking, smokeless tobacco use, and alcohol misuse. In addition, each report contains a special section highlighting specific risk factors. The 1996 Behavioral Risk Factor Report included county risk factor rates and rankings for the five-year period from 1991-95. The 1996 report also features a comparison of risk factor prevalence between native-born West Virginians and those who were born elsewhere. Approx. 85 pages.
West Virginia and the United States:
A Comparison of Firearm-Related Mortality Rates
Firearm-related violence exacts a terrible toll from our nation in both human and financial terms. Firearms pose a greater risk of injury and death than other weapons, and certain groups are more at risk of suffering firearm-related violence. With the risk increasing nationwide, this 1996 study examines if West Virginia is following trends evident in the country as a whole. 54 pages
West Virginia and the United States:
A Comparison of Injury and Mortality Rates
The 1992 injury report examines the mortality rates for unintentional and intentional injury in West Virginia from 1986 through 1990 and presents the occurrence by age, with comparisons with 1988 United States data. A comparison with corresponding state data from 1978 through 1982 is also included to indicate changes in rates between the two time periods. 27 pages
The Burden of Diabetes in West Virginia This study, published in 1994 and updated in 2002, presents the facts about diabetes in West Virginia. Diabetes is a leading killer in the United States and West Virginia, yet much of the suffering and expense of the disease is preventable. The burden of diabetes is identified using such data as diabetes prevalence, hospitalizations, mortality, and resource utilization. 143 pages
The Burden of Osteoporosis in West Virginia Since osteoporosis primarily affects older people and West Virginia continues to have the oldest population in the nation, it poses a disturbing public health burden. Published in 1998 and updated in 2003, the study provides an overview of osteoporosis and discusses related factors and preventive measures. The overview is followed by data on the prevalence of osteoporosis in West Virginia and the cost of osteoporosis-related hospitalizations to illustrate the burden of the disease on the state. 34 pages
A Program Plan for Reducing Heart Disease in West Virginia Published in 1997, this booklet was developed as a resource to help improve the cardiovascular health of West Virginians. The issues addressed include cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the associated behaviors of tobacco usage, physical activity, and diet. The publication provides answers to general questions concerning each topic, as well as community strategies and references for CVD prevention. This publication was primarily authored by the Division of Health Promotion, Cardiovascular Health Program, but is available from the HSC. 31 pages
Health Risks: The Appalachian Lifestyle Published in 1995, the health risks report focuses on the lifestyle of residents of the region known as Appalachia, stretching along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from northern Alabama to south-central New York. The study examines and notes differences in the demographic characteristics and unhealthy behaviors of Appalachian residents compared to non-Appalachian residents. 116 pages
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