Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)


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PRAMS, the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, is an ongoing survey of new mothers conducted jointly by the 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. Wisconsin began participating in PRAMS in 2007.

What are the goals of Wisconsin PRAMS?

  • To help us understand why our African American infant mortality rate and our African American/White disparity ratio for the infant mortality rate are among the highest in the nation. In 2012, African Americans in Wisconsin experienced 13.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, compared to 4.7 deaths per 1,000 live births for Whites. In 2012, babies born to African American mothers were three times more likely to die before their first birthday than were babies born to White mothers.
  • To collect high-quality, population-based data not found in other data sources, on topics related to successful pregnancy and healthy infancy.
  • To translate results into information for planning and evaluating public health programs and policy.
  • To improve the health of Wisconsin babies.



Mailing Address:
Wisconsin PRAMS
PO Box 2659
Madison WI 53701-2659

Chris Huard, PRAMS Data Manager
608-266-0377, or toll-free 1-866-743-9739



Last Revised: April 20, 2015