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Wisconsin Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS): Survey Methods

Each month a stratified sample of approximately 155 mothers is randomly selected from recent Wisconsin birth certificates. An introductory letter is mailed to each woman in the sample two to four months after the baby's birth. The PRAMS survey is mailed a few days later.

A reminder letter and a second package is mailed to mothers who do not respond. Mothers who still do not respond are telephoned to attempt to complete an interview.

Wisconsin PRAMS began mailing surveys to sampled mothers in May 2007. PRAMS materials are available in both English and Spanish.

Detailed information about PRAMS is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

PRAMS Steering Committee

The operation and dissemination of the Wisconsin PRAMS is informed by a steering committee, which meets three to four times per year. The steering committee considers such issues as the content of the survey questionnaire, strategies to ensure quality of the survey data, as well as opportunities to utilize PRAMS data to inform public health practice and improve health outcomes.

Composition of PRAMS Steering Committee (Updated 3/16/2023)

Name Organizational affiliation
Dalvery Blackwell African American Breastfeeding Network of Milwaukee (AABN)
Natasha Horst (Tynczuk) Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin
Emily Davis Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center (GLITEC)
Tamara Thompson Harambee Village Doulas, Maroon Calabash
Emily Kittell March of Dimes
Steve Tyska Medicaid
Christina Wichman Medical College of Wisconsin
Tonda Thompson National Coalition for Healthy Black Families (NCHBF)
Monica Los Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
Carola Gaines Quartz
Aida Inuca, Maricela Martinez, Virginia Lopez Roots 4 Change Collective
Elizabeth Bade Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center
Deb Ehrenthal UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
Emmanuel Ngui UW-Milwaukee School of Public Health
Kyle Mounts Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC)
Kristine Alaniz Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation (WWHF)

If you would like to nominate an individual to participate on the PRAMS steering committee, especially for one of the vacant seats, please send an email to the Wisconsin PRAMS mailbox.

Last revised March 16, 2023