Maternal and Child Health Journal

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 302–309

New Options for Child Health Surveillance by State Health Departments

  • Kenneth D. Rosenberg
  • Larry Hembroff
  • Jodi Drisko
  • Samara Viner-Brown
  • Kathy Decker
  • Erika Lichter


Until recently there were no child health surveillance instruments available to state health departments for children 1–14 years old. In recent years, several states have developed new surveillance instruments. This article includes information about examples of four types of child health surveys: (1) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) follow-back survey [phone-based in Colorado]; (2) Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) re-interviews [PRAMS-based in Rhode Island]; (3) elementary school child health survey combined with dental screening and physical measurements of height and weight [school-based in Maine]; and (4) freestanding elementary school survey [school-based in Oregon]. The PRAMS-based survey was moderate in expense but addressed only issues related to 2 year olds. The phone-based survey was the most expensive but addressed issues of children 1–14 years old. The school-based surveys were moderate in expense, logistically complex, and were least likely to provide robust generalizable data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth D. Rosenberg
    • 1
  • Larry Hembroff
    • 2
  • Jodi Drisko
    • 3
  • Samara Viner-Brown
    • 4
  • Kathy Decker
    • 5
    • 6
  • Erika Lichter
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Office of Family HealthOregon Public Health DivisionPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Office for Survey Research, Institute for Public Policy & Social ResearchMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  3. 3.Colorado Department of Public Health & EnvironmentDenverUSA
  4. 4.Rhode Island Department of HealthCenter for Health Data and AnalysisProvidenceUSA
  5. 5.Maine Center for Disease Control and PreventionDepartment of Health and Human ServicesAugustaUSA
  6. 6.Applied Medical SciencesUniversity of Southern MainePortlandUSA

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