How Data are Used
Information collected by PRAMS is used to improve the health of mothers and their babies by:
  • Identifying groups of women and infants at high risk for health problems
  • Monitoring changes in maternal and child health indicators (e.g., unintended pregnancy, prenatal care, breastfeeding, smoking, drinking, infant health)
  • Measuring progress towards public health goals for improving the health of mothers and infants
  • Planning and reviewing programs and policies aimed at reducing health problems among mothers and babies.
  • Helping health professionals incorporate new research findings into standards of practice
  • Fostering partnerships amongst agencies that have important contributions to make in planning maternal and infant health programs

Accessing PRAMS Data

The first Connecticut PRAMS data set will be available in late 2015. Once data are available, information about requesting data will be posted. PRAMSstats                                                                    


National PRAMS data is accessible through a web-based query system, PRAMStat.  This system provides public access to over 250 Maternal and child health indicators from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS).  Users have the ability to explore data from a single state or select a topic and compare data across states. To learn more, visit the PRAMStat website.



CDC Report

In order to keep pace with emerging public health challenges and to have an impact on the leading causes of death and disability, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) embarked on an initiative to achieve measurable impact in a short time for 10 topics that are described as Winnable Battle areas. CDCs Winnable Battles are areas with potential for large-scale public health effects and for which effective strategies exist to address them. Six topics are included in this report, which together represent five of CDC’s 10 Winnable Battles:
  • HIV in the U.S.
  • Motor Vehicle Injuries
  • Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
  • Breastfeeding (part of the Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Winnable Battle)
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Tobacco
One of the criteria for the Winnable Battles is that metrics and measurement tools exist to assess performance. The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) provides information that can be used in the assessment of a number of Winnable Battles, as exemplified in this report.