MCHEP provides epidemiologic and surveillance technical assistance to participating States.
Many States participating in PRAMS have developed and implemented an ongoing population-based surveillance of State residents who have recently delivered a live-born infant.
Questionnaires have been developed to collect information from new mothers on selected experiences occurring before, during, and after their pregnancies.
Using birth certificates, a sample of mothers is selected monthly and they are mailed a self-administered questionnaire.
Non-responders are contacted by telephone.
The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.