The health status of South Dakotans is commonly reported from public health surveillance surveys. Surveys such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) provide information that is used by policy makers, public health professionals, advocacy groups, health care organizations, and others to develop initiatives to improve the health of the population. South Dakota has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the U.S., ranking in the bottom half of states, yet there are little data available on factors that influence health behaviors and attitudes of mothers that can ultimately influence birth outcomes. The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) survey is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended tool to provide this type of information.
South Dakota Department of Health, Public Health Bulletin
South Dakota Department of Health
Bai, Wei and Specker, Bonny, "Pregnancy Intendedness and Birth Control Use: Data from the South Dakota 2014 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)-like Survey" (2017). Ethel Austin Martin Program Publications. 108.