SIDS Program Manual SIDS & Infant Death Program Manual and Trainer's Guide Trainer's Guide

Research & Statistics

Obtaining Data

Obtaining Data

To plan appropriately and to track progress it is critical to have accurate, up-to-date statistical information on city, county, State, regional and national levels. Obtaining current and reliable data is often a challenge for program staff. State public health departments often have limited data on their Web sites, but usually publish reports on vital statistics annually.

Infant mortality issues are often separate reports, which may or may not include perinatal health. If you are unable to locate the necessary information, contact your State or local health department directly.

The PowerPoint slides included in the trainer’s guide were created using data from a number of these different States and national resources. The slides are an example of the type of local data you may wish to monitor. The following resources will guide you in obtaining similar data for your State or local jurisdictions.