Division of Public Health

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Programs & Services

Epidemiology and Informatics Unit 
Ming Qu, Administrator (402) 471-0566

Office of Epidemiology

  • Responds to reports of acute diseases with public health significance
  • Responsible for infectious disease surveillance including but not limited to foodborne illnesses, vaccine-preventable diseases, influenza, vector borne diseases, and animal-related diseases such as rabies and West Nile virus
  • Conducts occupational safety and health surveillance and responds to reports of work-related conditions or events. 
  • Coordinates with bioterrorism surveillance and conducts outbreak investigations and antimicrobial resistance surveillance.
  • Works with eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals on all the public health-related meaningful use objectives.

Office of Vital Records

  • Responsible for serving the general public by filing and maintaining birth, death, marriage, dissolution of marriage, abortion, and fetal death records for the state of Nebraska
  • Responsible for the certification and issuance of certified copies and any corrections to these records
  • Generates adoption and paternity records and provides access to original birth information under applicable Nebraska statutes and regulations
  • Responsible for the quality of data and insures that providers receive adequate training and support through the registration and helpdesks to ensure accuracy of vital records data

Office of Health Statistics

  • Responsible for health data collection and distribution
  • Data sources include: the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFSS), birth defects, Cancer Registry, hospital discharge data, Nebraska Ambulance and Rescue Squad Services Information System (NARSIS), Parkinson’s disease and Trauma Registries, vital statistics and hospital/nursing home utilization statistics

Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System

  • Links and uses motor vehicle crash data and health data
  • CODES, is used to trace injured individuals from the crash scene throughout the health care system, and identify the causes and outcomes resulting from motor vehicle crashes
  • Responsible for developing and implementing the Nebraska Injury Surveillance System

Geographic Information System Program (GIS)

  • Provides geographic information services to the Department of Health and Humans Services and other public health partners across the state
  • Maintains accurate and complete public health geospatial data that is utilized to assist in public health planning, surveillance, and response to public health needs

Joint Public Health Data Center

  • Develop, maintain, and update a centralized and integrated public health data system with the ultimate goal of utilizing the data to improve public health practice
  • Improve public health in Nebraska by enhancing data quality and utilization
  • Enhance data standardization and integration
  • Provide analysis for public health decision making and research
  • Improve data dissemination