Data Resource Tools

List of Available Tools

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  • The MCH EPI and Data Capacity Assessment Tool excel icon[XLS – 50 KB] was developed to be used in concert with the annual report and annual site visit in reviewing and assessing an agency’s past activities and planning for an agency’s future. The tool’s specific purpose is to track a state agency’s MCH EPI and data capacity and activities over time to facilitate assessment, discussion, and planning about an agency’s growth in capability.
  • PRAMS: The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a surveillance project of the CDC and state health departments. PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences prior to, during, and immediately following pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System: CDC’s Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System uses data from all U.S. states to describe levels and causes of pregnancy-related deaths at the national level.
  • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health presents National Center for Health Statistics data related to sudden unexpected infant death (SUID). Data presented include breakdown of SUID by cause, trends in SUID rates by cause, SUID by race/ethnicity, and data resources for SUID and sudden infant death syndrome.
  • SLAITS: The State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey (SLAITS) collects important health care data at state and local levels.
  • NCHS: As the leading statistics agency, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the people’s health.
  • Peristatsexternal icon: This online source for perinatal statistics, developed by the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center, provides free access to maternal and infant health related data at the national, state, county, and city level, and was developed to ensure that health professionals, researchers, medical librarians, policymakers, students, and the media have easy access to this information. Data provided by NCHS are updated throughout the year, and useful for multiple tasks, including fact-finding, health assessments, grant writing, policy development, lectures, and presentations.
  • MCH Data Connect at Harvard School of Public Healthexternal icon: This source provides a comprehensive online database catalog of MCH datasets, interactive tools, and other data resources for public health professionals, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and students.
  • MCH Libraryexternal icon: The library offers a variety of electronic resources, including the MCH Alert, knowledge paths, databases, and other materials developed for health professionals, policymakers, and families.
  • MCH Navigatorexternal icon: The MCH Navigator is a learning portal for maternal and child health professionals, students, and others working to improve the health of women, children, adolescents, and families.