Cooperative Agreements to Support State-Based Safe Motherhood and Infant Health Initiative Programs

PRAMS: To work with official public health agencies of States to: (1) establish and maintain State-specific, population-based surveillance of selected maternal behaviors that occur during pregnancy and the child's early infancy; and (2) generate State-specific data for planning and assessing perinatal

health programs.

MCHEP: To work with official public health agencies of States and localities to develop a multidisciplinary team of individuals dedicated to building the recipient's analytic capacity to use epidemiologic and surveillance data to address the health problems that affect its women, infants, and children.

Prevention research activities related to women's health related to pregnancy, in vitro fertilization, violence around pregnancy, pre-term delivery, and other reproductive health complications.
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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.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

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.

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