The Thirteenth Annual North American Collaborating Conference on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health

Host and Sponsors

The Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE)

The Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE), located at the State University of New York at Buffalo, is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education. Its mission is to facilitate the sharing of information and expertise in rehabilitation research between the U.S. and other countries. Its programs include a database of international research, the development of an online encyclopedia of rehabilitation, support for international exchanges, and the development of training and publications to increase cultural competence within the rehabilitation professions. CIRRIE also provides workshops and other ICF related events, as well as an online ICF "Community of Practice."

The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for the Family of International Classifications for North America

The North American Collaborating Center (NACC) was established by WHO to represent the United States and Canada in international activities related to the study and revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The NACC is located at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and works in close collaboration with CIHI and Statistics Canada. Designation is in cooperation with the Pan American Health Organization.

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

As the principal health statistics agency of the U.S., the NCHS compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the U.S. population. NCHS is a key element of the U.S. national public health infrastructure, providing important surveillance information that helps identify and address critical health problems.

Health statistics collected and disseminated by NCHS are a critical element of public health and health policy. They:

  • document the health status of the population and of important subgroups
  • identify disparities in health status and use of health care by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, region, and other population gradients
  • describe our experiences with the health care system
  • monitor trends in health status and health care delivery
  • identify health problems
  • support biomedical and health services research
  • provide information for making changes in public policies and programs
  • evaluate the impact of health policies and programs

Working with partners throughout the health community, NCHS uses a variety of approaches to efficiently obtain information from the sources most able to provide information. Data are collected from birth and death records, medical records, interview surveys and through direct physical exams and laboratory testing.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

CIHI (CIHI) collects and analyzes information on health and health care in Canada and makes it publicly available. Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments created CIHI as a not–for–profit, independent organization dedicated to forging a common approach to Canadian health information. CIHI's goal: to provide timely, accurate and comparable information. CIHI's data and reports inform health policies, support the effective delivery of health services and raise awareness among Canadians of the factors that contribute to good health.

Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada is Canada's national statistical agency, and is mandated to collect, compile, analyse and publish information on Canada's economy, institutions and population. In addition to conducting a Census every five years, Statistics Canada currently has over 350 active surveys that collect information on virtually all aspects of Canadian life.

The statistical information and analyses disseminated by Statistics Canada examine the evolution of Canadian society and its economy to provide a solid foundation for informed decisions by elected representatives, businesses, unions and non-profit organizations, as well as by individual Canadians. Some uses of this information include:

  • to support policy development and evaluate government programs on economic and social well–being
  • to improve allocation of government program funding by determining their social and economic effects
  • to support the regulatory and legislative requirements of government
  • to assess the cost–effectiveness of health care and education programs
  • to select sites for schools and public transportation
  • to develop programs such as day care and subsidized housing