Validating and Visualizing Data for Maternal and Infant Health

Snapshots of maternal and infant health-related visualizations made available to STLTs

Snapshots of maternal and infant health-related visualizations made available to STLTs

Why the effort matters:

Visualizing and sharing insights to inform public health action is a primary public health data goal.

In 2023, CDC was able to make data and visualizations available at state, tribal, local and territorial (STLT) levels for the Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies Network (SET-NET) program along with automated key data submission and validation processes.

Making these maternal and infant health-related data and visualizations and automated tools available accelerated the ability to expand SET-NET program to new and emerging conditions, enabling greater response-readiness.

It reduced the time required for CDC program analysts to validate data entering CDC and create and share dashboards with STLTs and enabled STLTs to identify problems with the data and maternal and infant health-related trends within their jurisdictions.


Key outcomes:

  • Thirty-six partners across 12 jurisdictions have accessed automated dashboards and used the information to develop plans for public health action.
  • More than 16 data assets and dashboards have been developed and shared with jurisdictional partners.
  • In less than an hour, a single CDC program analyst is able to update, package and share datasets/dashboards with jurisdictions compared to the three to four days it took five CDC program analysts to accomplish this same task in early 2023.


What partners are sharing…

“This dashboard helped to identify laboratory reports that were misclassified… We were able to update the laboratory code to correctly classify the results and update our database during the March data submission.” – STLT partner in Tennessee