The Arizona Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (Arizona PRAMS) proposes to conduct a state-specific, population-based surveillance system of maternal behaviors and experiences before, during, and after pregnancy. Sponsored and partially funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arizona PRAMS will supplement vital records data by providing state-specific data to be used for planning and evaluating preconception, pregnancy and postpartum maternal and infant health programs at the Arizona Department of Health Services. The 2016-2021 grant cycle will mark the initiation of the Arizona PRAMS Program. Arizona PRAMS will utilize a mixed-mode survey to incorporate both mail and phone systems to increase response rates. A random sample of mothers will be drawn each month from the Arizona Birth Certificate Database. These mothers will be mailed Arizona PRAMS questionnaires that contain questions asking about their preconception, pregnancy and postpartum experience including risk behaviors, pregnancy intention, access to health care, maternal and infant nutrition, and mental health. ADHS will utilize bilingual telephone interviewers to call mothers who do not respond by mail. The Arizona PRAMS survey will include core surveillance questions that have been developed by the CDC and additional state- developed questions to explore the determinants of maternal health unique in Arizona?s diverse population. The survey is estimated to take approximately 20 minutes to complete. In order to increase response rates, a small incentive or reward will be provided to the targeted mother. The CDC has established a goal response rate of 65 percent. Preconception and reproductive health and health equity are priorities of the ADHS Bureau of Women?s and Children?s Health (BWCH). Arizona PRAMS will provide robust surveillance data on the preconception health of reproductive-aged women and allow ADHS-funded prevention programs to tailor their interventions to meet the mental and physical health needs of populations at risk for negative pregnancy outcomes. Combined with data from Arizona Vital Statistics, Arizona PRAMS will serve as an important source of longitudinal surveillance data used to monitor the reproductive health of all of Arizona?s women.

Public Health Relevance

The Arizona Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (Arizona PRAMS) provides data on pregnancy experience and health status of new mothers and infants. Risk factors for adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes are compared across population subgroups and allow the Arizona Department of Health Services to more effectively tailor preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum services and programs to Arizona?s diverse population.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Center for Chronic Disease Prev and Health Promo (NCCDPHP)
Research Project--Cooperative Agreements (U01)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZDP1)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Arizona State Department of Health Services
United States
Zip Code