LIHF briefs use local data to support our understanding of the range of social, economic, and health-related factors that impact birth outcomes.
Many of the LIHF data briefs feature data from the Wisconsin Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (Wisconsin PRAMS). Since 2011, LIHF and the Wisconsin Partnership Program have provided support to Wisconsin PRAMS and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to use PRAMS as an essential tool for monitoring disparities in birth outcomes in the LIHF region and the state as a whole.
The annual PRAMS survey includes wide range of measures that are not often available in other datasets, such as stressful life events, poverty, social support, maternal behaviors, education, and barriers to receiving care. Analysis of PRAMS data provides crucial information to guide LIHF's and the state's work to reduce disparities in infant health outcomes in Wisconsin.
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Prematurity is a leading cause of infant mortality. Preterm births also result in significantly higher medical and societal costs in Wisconsin.
The birth of a healthy baby is not only the result of 9 months of pregnancy. For babies to be born healthy and stay healthy, mothers and families should have access to quality health services and social, economic, and physical environments that promote health throughout their lifetimes.
Poverty reduction strategies like promoting the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are on LIHF’s action agenda. The EITC provides a refundable tax credit to lower‐income working families and has the potential to improve health and birth outcomes.
Maternal mental health is an action agenda priority issue in the LIHF communities. There are clear opportunities to improve screening for maternal mental health, increase culturally appropriate treatment options, and reduce stigma and stressors that women in the LIHF communities may face.