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 2/04/2019)
|Meghan Benson||Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin|
|Carola Gaines||Unity Health Insurance|
|Tia Murray & Tamara Thompson||Harambee Village doulas|
|Kyle Mounts||Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC)|
|Amy Parry||Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin|
|Evelyn Cruz||Centro Hispano|
|Meghan Porter||Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC)|
|Tonda Thompson||Community member|
|Lisette Khalil & Chelsea Tibbetts||Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation|
|Marilyn Noll||March of Dimes|
|Christina Wichman||Medical College of Wisconsin|
|Deb Ehrenthal||UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health|
|Elizabeth Bade||Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers|
|Gwen Perry-Brye||Kenosha County Health Department|
|Marcia Blackman||Milwaukee Best Babies Zone and United Way|
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.