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Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)

PRAMS survey cover

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, 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 safe pregnancy and healthy infancy.
  • To translate results into information for planning and evaluating public health programs and policy.
  • To improve the health of Wisconsin mothers and babies.

How to request PRAMS data?

If you would like to request summary data or a presentation on one of the many topics on which PRAMS collects information, send an email to with the details of your request. Summary data requests may require Division of Public Health Data Governance Board approval. If you would like to access the PRAMS research file for your own analysis using appropriate statistical software, email to request an application. Your completed application will be reviewed by the Division of Public Health Data Governance Board. Upon approval, you will sign a Data Use Agreement granting you access to PRAMS data for your stated purpose. You will be responsible for storing the data securely and using appropriate analysis methods.

For more information on what data is collected by Wisconsin PRAMS, visit the “Survey Topics” page where you can find copies of the survey. If you have any questions about what type of data request would be appropriate based on your public health or research question, email and someone from the team will get back to you.

Contact us
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659

Meg Diedrick, PRAMS epidemiologist
866-743-9739 toll free

Last revised April 22, 2024