Eleanor Cautley, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a population-based CDC surveillance system to reduce infant mortality and low birth weight. Started in 1987, PRAMS collects state-specific data on maternal behaviors that will be used for planning and assessing perinatal health programs. In Wisconsin, it is administered through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Wisconsin PRAMS surveys a random sample of moms who have had a live birth, stratified by non-Hispanic white, African American, and other race/ethnic groups. The survey asks about maternal behaviors before, during, and after pregnancy. The mail portion of the survey has five waves including an advance letter, a reminder letter, and up to three copies of the survey. If study participants have not completed and returned the survey after two months they are included in a phone follow-up phase to increase response. UWSC has been conducting the phone follow-up to the mail survey for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services since 2007.
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