Ohio Pregnancy Assessment Survey

The 2016 Ohio Pregnancy Assessment (OPAS) is a statewide, ongoing, targeted population-based survey that utilizes the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System methodology to collect information and attitudes on residential women who give birth in Ohio. At the request of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center (GRC) is administering the OPAS to assist in the monitoring of maternal and infant health. 

The 2016 OPAS will provide data to improve the health of mothers and infants.

OPAS data provides information not available from other sources about pregnancy and the first few months after birth. This information can be used to identify groups of women and infants at high risk for health problems, to monitor changes in health status, and to measure progress towards goals in improving the health of mothers and infants. Additionally, the 2016 OPAS will provide data to measure progress in Ohio’s maternal and infant health (MIH) initiatives and will be used by researchers to investigate emerging issues in the field of reproductive health.

The 2016 OPAS is a stratified mixed collection mode random survey of residential women who gave birth in Ohio. Relevant populations of interest, such as the nine Ohio Health Equity Institute (OEI) counties, will be oversampled to facilitate analysis of Ohio’s MIH initiatives and ongoing program development. Sampled women will be contacted approximately 2-4 months after delivery and can participate by completing a mailed survey, online survey, or telephone survey. The 2016 OPAS will provide valuable information to improve maternal and infant health across the state.

Project partners include ODM, ODH, GRC, and RTI International.