FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2021
Contact: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112
LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently received an $800,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help fund the Michigan Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (MI PRAMS) Survey for the next five years.
This survey asks women to confidentially share their thoughts and experiences before, during and following pregnancy to capture information about the factors leading to healthy pregnancies and healthy babies as these details are not always identified or addressed in hospitals and clinics.
"While doctors, nurses and health care professionals deliver care to expectant women in clinical settings, many factors that contribute to healthy pregnancies and healthy babies happen during everyday life," said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. "With this award from CDC, MI PRAMS can continue to tell the stories of Michigan's moms and babies as we work to improve the health of mothers and their babies."
Information from the mothers who answer Michigan PRAMS is used to enhance the understanding of emerging health issues and track progress in improving the health of mothers and infants across Michigan. These findings help to develop laws and policies, strengthen public health programs, educate health care providers and distribute resources. Examples include guidelines issued to Michigan doctors and dentists to ensure pregnant women are receiving proper oral care; implementing programs to assist Native American mothers; and including breastfeeding goals and support in the state's infant mortality reduction plan.
In 1987, Michigan was among the first states to work with CDC on surveying a random sample of new mothers about their everyday lives. Today, almost every state conducts a version of the PRAMS survey. The MI PRAMS project provides vital information about the successes and struggles faced each year by Michigan's mothers.
MI PRAMS recently released its 2019 Birth Year Annual Report and responses show:
For more information about MI PRAMS, visit Michigan.gov/PRAMS.
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