South Dakota PRAMS-like Survey

About the Survey

The 2016 SD PRAMS-like survey is underway!  In 2014, the South Dakota Department of Health partnered with the EA Martin Program at South Dakota State University to conduct South Dakota’s first statewide PRAMS-like (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System) survey.  As described on the CDC website: “PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy.” The SD-PRAMS-like survey results provide an opportunity to help improve the health of future mothers and infants.

The 2016 PRAMS-like survey booklet has a new look, contains updated questions, and is currently being sent to a randomly selected sample of South Dakota resident moms who deliver a baby in 2016. As with the first-ever statewide survey in 2014, only a sample of women giving birth in 2016 will be asked to complete the survey. The sample of women will be chosen so that the data collected will represent the state’s population.  Surveys will be mailed to women who have been selected.  If you receive a packet in the mail, we would like to thank you in advance for your time in completing and returning this important public health survey.

The South Dakota tribal communities collected PRAMS data in 2007, but the 2014 survey was the first time mothers statewide had the opportunity to provide feedback that will make a difference in their communities and their state.  We hope to build on those results with the findings from the 2016 survey.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does PRAMS work?

Each month, a random sample of new mothers will be picked from birth information provided by the state.  The PRAMS questionnaire survey booklet will be mailed to selected mothers when the baby is about 2 months of age.  Responses from all completed surveys will be analyzed to provide information on maternal experiences and attitudes around pregnancy.  At no time is a name associated with the individual survey results.

PRAMS written materials are available in both English and Spanish.  An English survey is also available online if mothers would prefer that option. The online survey is available at

Who are the partners in PRAMS?

South Dakota State University is partnering with the SD Department of Health to conduct the SD-PRAMS-like survey.  The data collected will be important for state agencies such as the Department of Social Services, the Indian Health Service, health care providers and community health centers.

What information does the PRAMS survey collect?

Responses are kept confidential and designed to provide data on topics not available elsewhere, including the following:

  • Attitudes and feelings about the pregnancy
  • Barriers to and content of prenatal care
  • Nutrition and folic acid awareness
  • Pregnancy-related violence
  • Psychosocial support and stress
  • Use of alcohol and tobacco before, during and after pregnancy
  • Infant’s early development, health care, and exposure to passive smoke
  • HIV testing
  • Health insurance coverage

What is the time-frame for SD PRAMS?

SD PRAMS-like survey will sample births occurring in  2016.  Approximately 15% of these mothers will be asked to complete a survey.  Surveys will be mailed when the infant is about 2 months of age.

How can data from PRAMS be used?

The goal of PRAMS is to learn why some babies are born healthy and others are not, and to determine how to provide services that will improve the health of mothers and babies.  Results from the PRAMS surveys completed in other states have been used to:

  • Help understand how maternal behaviors and experiences relate to maternal and infant health at birth;
  • Develop and implement new maternal and child health programs, as well as evaluate and modify existing programs;
  • Influence public health policy;
  • Assist health professionals to incorporate the latest research findings into their standards of practice;
  • Monitor progress on local, state and national health objectives and goals.

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