The Arizona Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) started its first data collection cycle last month. PRAMS is a joint research project between our agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that collects data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and after pregnancy.

Every month, Arizona PRAMS will mail a questionnaire packet to around 200 randomly chosen new mothers in Arizona and follow up with them with multiple mail and telephone attempts. All questionnaire information is available in English and Spanish to participants. PRAMS was developed in 1987 and is currently active in forty-seven states, New York City, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, representing approximately 83% of all U.S. live births.

Arizona PRAMS will provide information that is not available through other sources in topics that go from preconception health, access to health care and mental health distress, to alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse experiences during pregnancy. This will allow us to better understand the new mothers in our state and use the data collected to improve our programs and policies at ADHS.