This post is highlighting the final chapter – “Mortality” – from the "Health of Massachusetts," a comprehensive report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
In 1841, Massachusetts became the first state to mandate the registration of births and deaths, known as “vital statistics”. Today, death certificates record cause of death, as well as age, race, gender, level of education, marital status, and occupation. This information helps us understand the impact of mortality, monitor long-term mortality trends in the Commonwealth, identify groups at greatest risk of death from diseases and injuries, and design and implement programs. In addition, variations in death rates may also reflect differences in socio-economic status, access to health care, or geography.