Public Health Data Inventory

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)


Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is an ongoing, population-based risk factor surveillance system (survey) designed to identify and monitor selected maternal behaviors and experiences that occur before, during and shortly after pregnancy. A random sample, stratified on maternal race/ethnicity of about 10 percent of new mothers across the state who recently delivered a live birth are selected from the birth certificate registry monthly to receive the survey. The goal of PRAMS is to reduce infant illness and death. PRAMS influence health care systems and maternal behaviors that affect health during and right after pregnancy.

Type of Data

The data are population-based for ongoing surveillance.

Data Collection Method and Availability

Each month, a stratified sample of approximately 200 mothers is randomly selected from recent birth certificates. PRAMS participants are first contacted by mail and if results are not received then they are contacted by PRAMS phone interviewers. The data has been collected annually since 2000.

Related Links and Reports

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Home Page

Data Contact

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
PRAMS/MCH Epidemiology/Lifespan Health Services

301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-9044


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