New Mexico Department of Health
Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico.

Health Statistics

The state of New Mexico through the Department of Health and other of its state agencies use the birth and death certificate data for assessing health needs and identifying health disparities in the state. The data are used to develop, implement, and assess intervention strategies and effectiveness of programs in addressing public health issues in New Mexico.

Staff are responsible for generating and maintaining statistical data files and responding to public inquiries for aggregate data. The New Mexico Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (VRHS) is the designated State Center of Health Statistics and provides data to the National Center for Health Statistics. The Birth and Death statistics provided in the Annual Reports are the official counts and rates for New Mexico.

These efforts are supported by the registration, training, correction, and amendment efforts of the records staff, who are responsible for the issuance of certified copies of vital records. The state office is supported by 26 local registrars throughout the state.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who uses the data?

VRHS provides data to approximately 350-500 requestors annually for public health projects from private industry and citizens, public agencies, legislators, and universities and others throughout New Mexico, the US and internationally. A partial list of VRHS data users include:

  • National Center for Health Statistics
  • Social Security Administration
  • Secretary of State
  • Developmental disabilities support division
  • Drafting of legislation
  • Dept. of Transportation, traffic accident death reporting
  • New Mexico Tumor Registry
  • National Violent Death Reporting system
  • Drug Overdose Surveillance System
  • University of New Mexico researchers
  • Interstate record exchange files/reports
  • Local and regional mortuaries and associations
  • Consumer product safety commission
  • Tribal authorities and epidemiologists
  • CDC: 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System
  • Human Services Department
  • Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI)

What is the data used for?

VRHS data supports a variety of public health and other research to understand, track and/or reduce morbidity and mortality. A partial list of VRHS data uses include:

  • Birth defects
  • Cancer deaths
  • Child fatality
  • Counts of births/deaths
  • Emerging infections
  • Firearm deaths
  • Geographic disparities
  • Heart disease
  • Infant mortality
  • Injury
  • Life expectancy
  • Low birthweight
  • Mental health
  • Neonatal abstinence
  • Newborn screening
  • Occupational fatalities
  • Perinatal regionalization
  • Pertussis infections
  • Pneumonia and influenza
  • PRAMS (maternal survey)
  • Prenatal care utilization
  • Social determinants of health
  • Stroke deaths
  • Substance abuse
  • Traffic fatalities
  • Teen births
  • Tuberculosis deaths
  • Veteran suicides
  • Women’s health

Is the data confidential?

New Mexico is a closed record state and all uses of the vital records data are carefully evaluated to ensure that uses conform to the statutory and regulatory mandates to protect the confidentiality of the record data in its public health and administrative uses in service to the citizens of the state.

Health Data

Please visit the Vital Reports health data page for a complete list of VRHS reports.

Annual Reports

The New Mexico Selected Health Statistics annual reports consist of tables, figures and text describing birth and death trends in New Mexico. The reports also include national data.


Reports by Year

Special Reports

These special reports are included within our larger Selected Health Statistics reports. The links below take you directly to the page which contains the special report content.

Historical Reports


Please visit our Health Statistics Resources page for more helpful links to other websites.