For immediate release: Mar 19, 2010
Posted by: [ISDH]
Contact: Melissa Dexter
Phone: (317) 234-6578

State Health Department Announces New Vital Records Registrar

INDIANAPOLIS - Interim State Health Commissioner Loren Robertson announced today Erin Kellam will be Indiana's Vital Records Registrar starting March 31.

"Erin is a great fit for State Registrar," said Robertson.  "She understands the importance and value of working with our external partners and brings with her experiences to make her successful in this position."

As State Registrar, Kellam will be responsible for a broad scope of work including maintaining a confidential repository of Indiana vital event records, collecting the health status data adjunct to those events, ensuring the timely transfer of data to appropriate federal and state entities, and making available for purchase by eligible individuals certified copies of vital event records.

Kellam has been an attorney for 10 years and in public health for four years. Since 2006, she has worked as the Assistant Director of the Office of Legal Affairs where she has been involved in countless vital records matters. She also supervised the Office of Legislative Affairs at ISDH.

Having the opportunity to see vital records from the perspective of the Office of Legal Affairs has provided Kellam the chance to see firsthand the complex legal and emotional issues Registrars deal with on a daily basis.  "Our records, records of birth and death touch every person the state of Indiana and beyond; their importance cannot be overstated," Kellam said.    

 "I look forward to continuing the progress of implementing the Indiana Death Registry System," said Kellam.  "I am excited to work with local Registrars and other important partners towards preserving the integrity of vital state records."

Kellam earned her undergraduate degree from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University and her law degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.

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