The Ohio Pregnancy Assessment Survey (OPAS) is a statewide, ongoing, targeted population-based survey that utilizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) methodology to collect information on and attitudes of Ohio residents who had a live birth in Ohio. At the request of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), GRC is administering the OPAS to assist in the monitoring of maternal and infant health.
The OPAS provides data to improve the health of mothers and infants.
OPAS data provide information not available from other sources about pregnancy and the first few months after birth. This information can be used to identify groups at high risk for pregnancy-related health problems, and to measure progress towards goals in improving postpartum and infant health. Additionally, the OPAS provides data to measure progress in Ohio’s maternal and infant health (MIH) initiatives and is used by researchers to investigate emerging issues in the field of reproductive health.
The OPAS is a stratified mixed mode survey of mothers with a recent live birth in Ohio. Relevant populations of interest, such as the ten Ohio Health Equity Institute (OEI) counties, are oversampled to facilitate analysis of Ohio’s MIH initiatives and ongoing program development. Sampled participants are contacted approximately 2-4 months after delivery and can respond by completing a mailed survey, online survey, or telephone survey.
Data collection for the 2016-2021 OPAS is complete. The 2022 OPAS is currently being fielded with the assistance of RTI International. Data collection for the 2023 OPAS will begin in April 2023.
For more information on the questionnaires and data, please visit the ODH website.
To view the annual data books, please visit the ODH website.
If you have been contacted to complete this important survey and have questions or concerns, please contact RTI at 866-406-7333.