Data Collection and Analysis UnitThe Data Collection and Analysis Unit is responsible for the collection and processing of state mandated data, including births and deaths. This unit also provides statistical reports based on vital records, and other health status indicators derived from public health data for Los Angeles County. Data Collection and Analysis staff includes statistical analysts, epidemiologists, programmers, and data managers. This group consults with other DHS units in the preparation of special research reports. Data Collection and Analysis Unit includes Public Health's Automated Vital Statistics System (AVSS) Data Center, which is responsible for the support and maintenance of our countywide AVSS Distributed Network for electronic birth records. Our AVSS Data Center also maintains and supports our AVSS Communicable Disease Reporting System. Data Collection consists of an administrative/ research unit which is responsible for the daily operations of the Vital Records office and the Morbidity Sections. The Vital Records office registers birth and death certificates and issues burial permits. The Morbidity Sections, including District Services, process all reports of communicable disease and generate weekly reports to the State Department of Health Services.
The Data Collection and Analysis (DC&A) Unit is a state mandated program responsible for the collection and processing of birth and death data. From the data collected, analyses are performed to assess health status indicators for Los Angeles County. There are two main groups in DC&A: the Vital Records Office (VRO) and the Data Management/Analysis Section. The VRO is responsible for the registration of birth and death certificates, as well as issuing burial permits. Public Health Registrars are located throughout the County to service our community. The DC&A Data Management/Analysis staff consists of statistical analysts, epidemiologists, programmers, and data managers. This group frequently collaborates with other Department of Public Health units in the preparation of special research reports in addition to performing unique analyses of mortality data and publishing findings in peer-reviewed journals. Data Collection and Analysis Unit also includes two other sections: the Automated Vital Statistics System (AVSS) Data Center, which is responsible for the support and maintenance of our countywide AVSS/NET for the electronic registration of birth records, and the Morbidity Unit, which works closely with the Acute Communicable Disease Control Unit (ACDC) in monitoring disease reports throughout the County via the Visual Confidential Morbidity Reporting System (VCMR).