New Quick Facts pages have been added to PeriStats. They
provide brief data summaries of maternal and infant health topics
and are useful for fact-finding. We’ve highlighted Prematurity
Quick Facts in this newsletter. To access them,
||Perinatal Data Center
Receives NIH Grant
March 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
||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
The new Web site is the first milestone in the grant, resulting
in 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 this newsletter.
||What is the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center?
The Perinatal Data Center is located in the foundation's National
Office in White Plains, NY. The Perinatal Data Center's
role is to acquire and analyze maternal and infant health
data, and to interpret this information for the March of Dimes and
for health professionals, research groups and organizations external
to the March of Dimes.
The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve infant health by
reducing birth defects and infant mortality. The goal of
the Perinatal Data Center is to clearly present perinatal data, so that professionals
focused on issues related to maternal and infant health
can make more informed decisions to ultimately improve
infant health. To fulfill this objective, the Perinatal
Data Center staff collaborate and provide guidance on epidemiologic
and statistic analyses and grants, and present analytical
findings at national conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.
To contact the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center,