Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a United States government agency self-described as “the nation’s health protection agency” (CDC 2017a). CDC responds to new and emerging health threats and conducts research to track chronic and acute diseases. Of greatest interest to readers of this article are the CDC efforts in surveillance using nationwide cross-sectional surveys to monitor the health of diverse populations (Frieden 2017). These surveys are run annually, in some cases across more than five decades. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), a branch of the CDC either directly conducts or supervises the collection and storage of the data from most of these surveys.
The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) conducts in-person interviews about the health status and health care access for 35,000 households per year, with information collected about the household as a whole and for one randomly selected adult and one randomly selected child (if one is...
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