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About

Overview

Welcome to PeriStats, your online source for perinatal statistics developed by the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center. PeriStats provides free access to maternal and infant health-related data at the US, state, county, and city level, and was developed to ensure that health professionals, researchers, medical librarians, policy-makers, students, and the media have easy access to this information. Data are updated throughout the year, and useful for multiple tasks, including fact-finding, health assessments, grant writing, policy development, lectures and presentations.

Aggregating data from 12 government agencies and organizations, PeriStats provides access to the most current maternal and infant health statistics on topics such as preterm birth, infant mortality, tobacco use, cesarean section rates, and health insurance coverage. Detailed information by race, ethnicity, and maternal age for many indicators is also available. To communicate this information, PeriStats produces printer-ready graphs, maps, and tables that also can be copied and pasted into reports and presentations. The site also provides functionality enabling you to make comparisons between states, counties, and cities and to the United States. Over 60,000 graphs, maps and tables are available on PeriStats, and data are always referenced to the relevant source and Healthy People 2020 objective.


Future Activities

In 2004, the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center, in partnership with the New York Academy of Medicine, was awarded a two-year Information Systems Grant from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. The main goal of the grant is to facilitate the use of perinatal health data among health professionals and medical librarians by: 1) increasing access to city, county, state, and national perinatal data; and 2) by improving the utility of PeriStats by integrating access to relevant biomedical literature. Some specific activities of the grant include:

  • Implementation of a new database and Web site interface in response to usability studies, resulting in faster response time and more user-friendly design.
  • Expansion of maternal and infant health data sets, including detailed data for the largest cities and counties in the United States.
  • Integration of PeriStats main topics with relevant predefined biomedical journal literature searches from the National Library of Medicine's PubMed/Medline database.
  • Development and administration of training classes focused on utilizing perinatal data from PeriStats, designed specifically for health professionals and medical librarians.
  • Incorporation of design and software components to facilitate compliance with Subsection 508(a)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972, which aims to make government technology accessible to users with disabilities.

The first milestone in the grant was reached in July 2004, with the implementation of the new PeriStats database and interface, and the integration of detailed city and county data. This resulted in the addition of more than 50,000 graphs, maps, and tables to the PeriStats system. Future grant-funded enhancements will be communicated to the PeriStats user audience through the PeriStats newsletter (sign-up available on home page).


PeriStats Data Sources

The March of Dimes is grateful for the government agencies and organizations that supply data to PeriStats. Without their dedication and cooperation, it would be impossible to organize the volumes of data they produce. In addition to March of Dimes survey data, the PeriStats system uses data compiled from the following government agencies and organizations:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
    • National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    • National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • National Governors Association (NGA)
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center (NNSGRC)

To learn more about the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center, click here. If you have questions about the PeriStats Web site, click on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) or the Calculations section of the Web site, or contact the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center at peristats@marchofdimes.org. "PeriStats" is a registered trademark of the March of Dimes.