The Center for Health Statistics works under the Washington State Department of Health. The Center for Health Statistics works to provide access to high-quality health data that covers death, birth, pregnancy and abortion rates and behavioral risk factors. The data is used by policy makers, health professionals, community-based organizations, and researchers to understand trends, identify high-risk populations and plan targeted health promotion strategies. The Center for Health Statistics supports a behavioral risk factor surveillance system that helps to conduct telephone health surveys. It also assists with disease control and prevention, as well as provides services to other health departments and agencies to monitor modifiable risk factors for various diseases. The center additionally operates a hospital and patient data section that enables people to make proper decisions about health care and plans. The Center for Health Statistics offers copies of birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates.