The Health Statistics and Surveillance branch consists of the Vital Records Registry, the Connecticut Tumor Registry, and the Surveillance Analysis and Reporting Unit.
Vital Records Registry
The State Vital Records Registry maintains a statewide registry of all births, marriages, deaths and fetal deaths that have occurred in Connecticut since July 1, 1897. The registry:
· Issues certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates to the public
· Provides vital record data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National
Center for Health Statistics as part of the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program
· Maintains the state paternity registry and collaborates with the Department of Social
Services and obstetric hospitals to encourage unwed couples to establish paternity
· Processes all adoptions for Connecticut-born children, foreign-born children adopted by
Connecticut residents, and adoptions finalized in Connecticut
Connecticut Tumor Registry
The Connecticut Tumor Registry is a population-based resource for examining cancer incidence and trends in Connecticut. The registry’s electronic database of over 840,000 cancers includes all reported tumors diagnosed in Connecticut residents from 1935 through 2009, as well as treatment, follow-up and survival data. All hospitals and private pathology laboratories in Connecticut are required by law to report cancer cases to the registry.
Surveillance Analysis and Reporting
The Surveillance Analysis and Reporting Unit is responsible for the collection of health morbidity and mortality data, and the enhancement of statewide registries for births, deaths and marriages in Connecticut. The section analyzes and interprets vital statistics, adult and youth health surveys, hospital discharge and hospital quality of care data, and chronic disease surveillance. It also calculates, certifies, and publishes the annual population estimates of 169 Connecticut municipalities for years between the decennial U.S. census enumerations. Our mission is to provide timely and accurate information to the public, students, school districts, local health organizations, health departments, colleges and universities.