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Maternal and Infant Mortality Related Resources and Data

DHS releases new reports on infant deaths and where to focus efforts in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) reports, P-00609, highlight factors contributing to infant deaths and where efforts and expanded action can promote healthy birth outcomes. The data continue to show troubling disparities, with non-Hispanic Black infants three times more likely to die before their first birthdays than non-Hispanic white infants. During those same years, the infant mortality rate for American Indian or Alaska Native infants was 1.5 times the rate for non-Hispanic white infants. Read the full press release.


Latest reports

Released 2023, COVID-19 and Pregnancy in Wisconsin

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people’s experiences during pregnancy. Data collected early in the COVID-19 pandemic allows us to better understand how COVID-19 has impacted pregnancy in Wisconsin.

COVID-19 and Pregnancy in Wisconsin, P-03414 (PDF, April 2023)

Released 2023, PPOR Analysis, 2015–2019

The PPOR reports identify inequities in fetal and infant mortality impacting non-Hispanic Black communities and Native American/Alaska Native communities. The reports look at how many deaths could be avoided if death rates were the same across different groups. Death rates for populations impacted by inequities are compared to lowest observed rates to better understand excess deaths. Understanding what causes inequities in fetal and infant deaths helps us to focus prevention efforts.

Released 2023, Birth Outcomes Resource

Birth outcomes⁠—including stillbirth, infant mortality, preterm birth, and low birthweight⁠—are key indicators of perinatal and infant health. This resource will include data on select birth outcomes over time and by characteristics of the birthing parent. It is important to monitor birth outcomes data to better understand the health of our communities.

Wisconsin Birth Outcomes 2021, P-03389 (PDF, March 2023)

Released 2022, PRAMS 2018-2019 Surveillance Report

PRAMS, the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, is an ongoing survey of new mothers conducted jointly by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and state health departments. In each participating state, PRAMS collects population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy.

Released 2022, 2016-2017 Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Report

The Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Program has recently released a report that includes a high-level overview of Wisconsin’s pregnancy-associated deaths that occurred in 2016-2017.

This project was supported by the Enhancing Reviews and Surveillance to Eliminate Maternal Mortality (ERASE-MM) grant, funded by the CDC.

Please see the report for an overview of the data, and recommendations from the Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Team, P-03226, (PDF) to prevent future pregnancy-associated deaths.

Funding opportunities

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Innovation Hub

Each year, AMCHP awards between $15,000-$25,000 to up to four organizations to replicate a practice from the MCH Innovations Database. This opportunity is open to all organizations/agencies/institutions interested in replicating an Innovation Hub practice. Awardees will receive peer coaching and guidance from a representative of the practice as well as tailored assistance from AMCHP to help adapt the practice to their unique context and situation. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2024. 

This opportunity is open to all organizations/agencies/institutions interested in replicating an Innovation Hub practice.

Maternal and Infant Mortality relevant funding opportunities in 2023, are available on our Advancing Equity in Maternal and Child Health Grant Program webpage. The opportunities are updated on a monthly basis.

Ongoing funding opportunities

Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation Community Grant

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation focuses on providing support for physician-led, community-based or statewide programs to improve health through education and outreach to improve health and health equity in Wisconsin. They are accepting funding requests on a rolling basis for critical support during the pandemic and for programs to increase health equity. The deadline is ongoing.

Wisconsin Health Services Scholarship Program

The Health Services Scholarship Program was created (by 2019 Act 9, Wis. Stat. § 39.465) to encourage health services professionals to practice in health shortage areas in Wisconsin by awarding scholarships to dentists, primary care physicians, and psychiatrists. The deadline is ongoing.

Data for action

To help make data easily available, we assembled a list of resources and a guide to using WISH, P-03214 (PDF) (Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health) for your own data queries on a wide-range of health indicators. The WISH guide illustrates how to create a query, an explanation of searchable measures, and step-by-step examples.

We also put together this resource that organizes and lists a number of freely available, online data sources. Data sources are grouped into broad categories and are accompanied by a description of the data and links. 

If you have any feedback or suggestions about this guide as well, please email us dhsmimp@dhs.wisconsin.gov.

America’s Health Rankings: National and state data topics include socioeconomic factors, physical environment, clinical care, health behaviors, and health outcomes. Trend data is available. Data can be stratified by gender, race and ethnicity, education, and is available in graphs, tables, and within text.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), CDC: National, state, county, and city (Madison, Milwaukee) data topics include risk behaviors, overall health status, healthcare utilizations, and chronic health conditions. Data is provided on adults only. BRFSS offers an interactive query system, reports, publications, fact sheets, and datasets.

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps: National, state, and county data topics include health outcomes, health behaviors, clinical care, socioeconomic factors, and physical environment. This includes maps, reports, and tables.

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps data

Healthy People, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: National and state data topics include chronic disease, health behaviors, health outcomes, maternal and child health, and socioeconomic factors. Trend data is available for some measures. Data can be stratified by sex, race and ethnicity, and is available in graphs, maps, and tables.

Healthy People data

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CDC: National data topics include demographics, dietary behaviors, physical examination results, and biomarkers. Includes data on both children and adults. They have an interactive query system (for select measures) with reports and publications, tables, and datasets.

NHANES data

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC: National data topics include overall health status, medical conditions, healthcare utilization and access, and insurance. It includes data on both children and adults. Data can be stratified by sex, race and ethnicity, age, income, and more. They have an interactive query system with reports, publications, and datasets.

National Health Interview Survey data

State Health Facts, Kaiser Family Foundation: National and state data topics include demographics, insurance, COVID-19, women’s health, mental health, and health status. Data is in maps and tables.

State Health Facts data

Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW), UW-Madison: Wisconsin data topics include demographics, physical health, mental health, healthcare, health behaviors, environment, socioeconomic factors, COVID-19, and biomarkers. It includes publications on both children and adults, with tables and datasets upon request.

SHOW data

Wisconsin Data and Statistics, Wisconsin DHS: State and county data topics include behavioral health, substance use, chronic conditions, environmental health, cancer, vital statistics, and more. They are available as graphs, maps, reports, and tables.

Wisconsin Data and Statistics data

Wisconsin Public Health Profiles, Wisconsin DHS: State, regional, and county data topics include births, deaths, hospitalizations, cancer, other diseases, and motor vehicle crashes. Reports are available across years to assess trends. Reports and tables are available.

Wisconsin Public Health Profiles

Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA): National and state data topics include Title V funding and objectives. Graphs and maps are available.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau data

KIDS COUNT Data Center, Annie E. Casey Foundation: Data topics include children’s demographics, education, housing, family, health, safety, and more. Levels of data include national, state, county, school district, Wisconsin region, and city with trends available for some measures. Data can be stratified by gender, race and ethnicity, age, and more. They have an interactive query system with graphs, maps, and tables.

KIDS COUNT data

National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative: National, regional, and state data topics include children’s physical health, mental health, healthcare access, family, neighborhood factors, school, and social context. Data can be stratified by subgroups including children and youth with special health care needs and is available across years to assess trends. They have an interactive query system with graphs, tables, and datasets.

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) Reports and Data: State and county data topics include child support, child welfare and abuse, Wisconsin Shares program, and employment. Trend data is available. Some data available at county level as well. Data is available in graphs, maps, reports, and tables.

DCF data

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBSS), CDC, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: Data topics include youth violence, substance use, sexual health, diet, physical activity, and more. Levels of data include National, State, and City (Milwaukee). They have an interactive query system with reports, publications, tables, fact sheets, datasets, and trend data through the CDC.

Listening to Mothers, National Partnership for Women & Families: National data topics include pregnancy planning, pregnancy experiences, birthing, postpartum period, breastfeeding, views on healthcare system. Data is available as reports and datasets.

Listening to Mothers data

Office on Women’s Health (OWH), Health Information Gateway, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: National, census region, and state data topics include demographics, births, pregnancy, mortality, infant mortality, disease, overall health status, and risk factors. Data available includes graphs, maps, and tables through an interactive query system.

OWH data

Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System (PMSS), CDC: National data topics include pregnancy-related deaths over time, maternal mortality by race, and leading causes of maternal mortality. Data available includes graphs and tables.

PMSS data

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), CDC, and Wisconsin DHS: Data topics include preconception maternal health and behaviors, prenatal care, insurance, pregnancy health and behaviors, postpartum health, contraception, social factors, and early parenting behaviors. Data available includes reports, publications, tables, and trend data for some measures. Datasets are available upon request.

Diversity Data Kids: Data topics include the Child Opportunity Index, demographics, socioeconomic factors, and basic health measures. Features census tract data available in graphs, maps, and datasets.

Diversity Data Kid data

GetFacts, Wisconsin’s Demographic Data and Visualization Portal, Applied Population Lab: Data topics include demographics, population trends, environmental factors, community factors, civil rights review, housing, and economics. Data levels include state, county, and county subdivision and are available in graphs and maps.

GetFacts data

Neighborhood Atlas, Applied Population Lab: Data topics include the area deprivation index measure of socioeconomic disadvantage. Data is mapped at a sub-city, neighborhood level and available as maps and tables.

Neighborhood Atlas data

Wisconsin Food Security Project, Applied Population Lab: Data topics include demographics, economic security, food security, health, food, environment, and federal food programs. Trend data is available for some measures, Data levels include Wisconsin, Wisconsin regions, counties, and school districts. Data is available in graphs, maps, and tables.

Wisconsin Food Security Project

U.S. Census Bureau: Data topics include demographics, population characteristics, housing, family arrangements, internet access, education, economy, income, business, geography, and more. Data levels include national, state, county, and city and is available as graphs, maps, and tables.

WisConomy, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development: Data topics include jobs, employment, income, and taxes. Data levels include national, Wisconsin, county, and city. Trend data is available. Graphs and tables are available through and interactive query system.

WisConomy data

Wisconsin Family Health Survey, Wisconsin DHS: Data topics include demographics, insurance coverage, poverty, mental health, and internet access. Data levels include state, region, and county and is available as reports or tables.

Wisconsin Family Health Survey

Wisconsin Health Atlas, UW School of Medicine and Public Health: Data topics include farm to school programs, outdoor opportunity measure, obesity, and neighborhood walkability. Data levels include state, region, school district, and zip code. Data is available in graphs and maps.

Wisconsin Health Atlas

Wisconsin Local Data on Poverty Status and Health Insurance Coverage, Wisconsin DHS: Data topics include poverty status, insurance coverage, and primary insurance type. Data levels include state, region, and county. Tables and trend data are available

Local Data on Poverty Status and Health Insurance Coverage in Wisconsin

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, CDC: Data topics include environmental health and exposures, chronic disease, community factors, and some birth outcomes. Data levels include county and census tract. Graphs, maps, tables, and datasets are available through an interactive query system.

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network data

Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking, Wisconsin DHS: Data topics include air quality, births, chronic disease, carbon monoxide, community factors, climate, lead, oral health, and more. Data levels include state, county, and census tract. Graphs and maps are available through an interactive query system. Trend data is also available.

Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): State level data topics include healthcare funding, healthcare sites and resources, and organ donation. Maps, fact sheets, tables, and datasets are available through an interactive query system.

HRSA data

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Household component (HC) data topics include healthcare costs, utilization, coverage, and accessibility. Insurance component (IC) data topics include insurance coverage. Data levels include national, census region, and state. Trend data is available. Graphs, tables, and datasets are available through an interactive query system.

National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports (NHQDR), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: National and state data includes performance on over 250 healthcare quality measures. Trend data is available. Graphs and tables are available through an interactive query system.

Wisconsin Oral Health Program, Wisconsin Healthy Smiles Survey, Wisconsin DHS: Data topics include adult oral health tracking, burden of oral disease, and children’s oral health. Data levels include national, state, and county. Reports are available through an interactive query system.

Wisconsin Oral Health Program data

Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS), CDC: Data topics include violent deaths, fatal and nonfatal injuries, burden of injuries, transportation crashes, and leading causes of death. Data can be stratified by sex, age, and race and ethnicity. Data levels include national, regional, state, and county. Graphs, maps, and tables are available through an interactive query system.

WISQARS data

Wisconsin Injury Prevention Program, Wisconsin DHS: Data topics include violent deaths, burden of injuries, and transportation crashes. Data levels include the state, region, and county and is available as graphs, maps, and reports.

Wisconsin Injury Prevention Program data

Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke, CDC: Data topics include heart disease, strokes, heart disease risk factors, and socioeconomic factors. Data levels include state and county and is available in maps and tables.

Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke data

Places: Local data for better health, CDC: County level data topics include asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer, kidney disease, diabetes, mental health, and more. Maps are available with datasets available upon request.

PLACES data

Wisconsin Asthma Surveillance Program, Wisconsin DHS: Data topics include asthma rates, prevalence, and related emergency department visits. Data can be stratified by race, income, and more. Data levels include state and county with data available in maps, reports, factsheets, and table.

Wisconsin Asthma Surveillance Program

Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System (WCRS), Wisconsin DHS: Data includes incidence rates of any cancer or specific cancer locations. Trend data is available. Data can be stratified by sex and race and ethnicity. Data levels include state, Wisconsin region, and county. Data is available as maps, reports, publications, tables through and interactive query system. Datasets are available upon request.

WCRS data

Wisconsin Chronic Disease Prevention, Wisconsin DHS: Data topics include diabetes, prediabetes, heart disease, stroke, nutrition, physical activity, obesity, and chronic disease burden inequities. Data is available as graphs, maps, reports, and factsheets.

Wisconsin Chronic Disease Prevention data and reports

Wisconsin HIV Surveillance Program, Wisconsin DHS: Data includes incident and prevalent HIV cases. Data can be stratified by sex, age, and race and ethnicity for the state and by county as reports and tables. Trend data is available.

Wisconsin HIV Surveillance Program

National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), CDC: Data topics include births, deaths, fetal deaths, life expectancy, marriages, and divorces. Data is available as reports, publications, tables, and datasets.

NVSS data

Wisconsin Births and Infant Deaths, Wisconsin DHS: Data topics include births, infant deaths, maternal age, demographics, birth outcomes. Data can be stratified by race and ethnicity and other demographics. Data levels include state and county with data available as reports and tables.

Wisconsin Births and Infant Deaths

Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health (WISH) Query System, Wisconsin DHS: Data topics include risk behaviors, births, cancer, injuries, mortality, opioids, population measures, and violent death. Data levels include state, Wisconsin region, county, city, zip code, and local health department. Tables are available through an interactive query system.

WONDER, CDC: Data topics include births, infant deaths, fetal deaths, deaths, health, and environmental health. Data levels include nation, census region, state, and county. Tables are available through an interactive query system.

WONDER data

WISH guide and data requests

Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health (WISH) Query System Guide

The WISH query system is a powerful tool to access Wisconsin birth related data and includes birth counts, fertility, mortality, low birthweight, prenatal care, and teen births. In addition to birth related information, data topics include risk behaviors, births, cancer, injuries, mortality, opioids, population measures, and violent death. Data levels include the state, Wisconsin region, county, city, and zip code.

WISH video tutorial

Data request

We are developing a form to simplify data requests. In the meantime, please email us dhsmimp@dhs.wisconsin.gov and we will follow-up to confirm details.

Grief support and bereavement resources

Have you or your family been impacted by an infant loss? The Wisconsin Department of Health Services funds partners across the state so that families who lose a baby have access to grief support and bereavement resources. These partners also provide resources for those serving grieving families. The services are free and available to anyone in Wisconsin.

Last revised December 18, 2023