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World Statistics Day October 20, 2010

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The United Nations General Assembly has designated Oct. 20, 2010, as the first-ever World Statistics Day to highlight the role of official statistics and the many achievements of national statistical systems. Statistical organizations throughout the world will celebrate World Statistics Day at the national and regional level. The U.S. government has a long history of collecting statistics about the nation’s people, economy and society beginning with the first national census in 1790. Today, 14 federal agencies collect or publish the statistics the United States uses to record progress and plan for the future.

Health statistics are used in many ways, including: to provide indicators of life and health among various groups of people; to gauge health disparities; to measure disease occurence and potential; to identify health prevention targets; and to assist with public health program policy, planning, and evaluation.

Additional information about World Statistics Day and its observance can be found at: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/news_conferences/2010-10-20_worldstats.html .

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