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Data updates on PeriStats

PeriStats has been updated with the most current data on several indicators associated with poor birth outcomes. These include an update to health insurance status, poverty status, and several behavioral risk factors such as smoking in women and men, binge alcohol use, and obesity.

PeriStats has been updated with 2017 health insurance coverage data for women (15-44 years) and children (18 years and younger) for the US and by state. The updated data are from the American Community Survey (ACS), an annual survey of the U.S. Census. PeriStats presents the percent of women and children who do not have any health insurance coverage. A respondent was considered uninsured if they were not covered by any type of health insurance at the time of the survey.

Data on poverty status among women and children living for each state, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. is now available for single years 2011-2018. Poverty is defined as those who make less than 100% of the poverty threshold established by the US Census Bureau. The poverty threshold for a family of three was $20,780 in 2018. The updated data are from The Current Population Survey (CPS) which is sponsored by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Data are available for the percent of women (15-44 years) and percent of children (18 years and younger) living in poverty.

Data for health insurance and poverty were retrieved from the, Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota. The health insurance data was retrieved from IPUMS-USA (ACS) and poverty data is from IPUMS-CPS.

Additionally, PeriStats has been updated with 2017 Behavioral Risk Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. The BRFSS is a nationally representative telephone survey which annually collects information on health risk behaviors from all 50 states, territories and the District of Columbia.

The topics updated include

  • Smoking in women (18-44 years)
  • Smoking in men (18 years and older)
  • Binge alcohol drinking in women (18-44 years)
  • Obesity in women (18-44 years)

The Prematurity Profiles for each state have been updated with the most current statistics. These can be easily accessed through the State Summaries tool in the upper right corner of the PeriStats main page.


January, 2019

 Data updates on PeriStats

June, 2018

 Updated Birth Defects Data and State Profiles
  Poverty Data Update
 Additional data on delivery method, prenatal care, and birthweight, 2015

January, 2018

 2016 Health Insurance Data Update
 2016 Natality Data Update
 2015 and 2016 BRFSS Data Update

October, 2017

 2015 Natality Data Update

September, 2016

 Updated Data and PeriStats Enhancements

May, 2016

 Birth Defects Data Updated & Expanded

October, 2015

 2013 Infant Mortality & 2014 BRFSS Data

September, 2015

 2011 and 2012 Infant Mortality Data Updated

July, 2015

 Expanded PRAMS Data Now Available

May, 2015

 MMWR Article About Tdap Vaccine Coverage
 2013 Natality Data Updated

December, 2014

 Birth Defects Data Now Available on PeriStats

August, 2014

 PRAMS Data Updated for 2011

June, 2014

 March of Dimes 2014 Hispanic Report
 2012 Natality and 2010 Infant Mortality Data Updated

May, 2014

 PRAMS Data Updated for 2009 and 2010

August, 2013

 Fetal and Perinatal Mortality Data Updated

October, 2011

 Special Care Nursery Admissions