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Tracking group prenatal care program outcomes: Creating a centralized database management system for March of Dimes funded sites

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Kate Disare, MPH, Perinatal Data Center, March of Dimes Foundation, White Plains, NY
Kelly Ernst, MPH, MCH Impact, March of Dimes Foundation, White Plains, NY
Caroline Alter, MS, Perinatal Data Center, March of Dimes Foundation, White Plains, NY
Rebecca Russell, MSPH, Perinatal Data Center, March of Dimes Foundation, White Plains, NY
Background & Significance:

In 2014, March of Dimes (MOD) invested >$1 million in community grants for CenteringPregnancy® (CP), an evidence-based group prenatal care program (GPNC) that improves birth outcomes.  Funding was provided to CP sites in order to expand access. Process and outcome measures were collected to describe the impact of these strategic investments.


Initially, a paper-based data collection system for grants management of a subset of CP grantees was designed, allowing us to revise processes and determine data collection needs, with minimal burden to sites.  After redesign, we transitioned to an online database management system (DBMS) with grant management capabilities expanded to all MOD-funded CP sites.


Data collected included patient demographics, timing of entry into GPNC and session attendance. To determine the differing impact of funds by site, we examined site adherence to the CP model, based on aforementioned factors.  These analyses revealed that sites with predominantly African-American participants had a lower percentage of women attend ≥8 sessions and enroll at <17 weeks gestation compared to other sites, identifying areas of increased need for collaboration between MOD and sites.

he online DBMS was designed to improve data quality (through screen prompts and electronic queries) and flexibility of data dissemination.  Automated reports will be part of a critical feedback loop for MOD and sites that encourages greater accountability of investment.


A well-designed DBMS which aligns administrative, implementation, and outcomes data enables focused and effective use of resources in order to achieve grant deliverables and maximize impact of investment.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice

Learning Objectives:
Describe the development of a database management system that collects programmatic and outcome information and includes tools to facilitate examination of populations served by March of Dimes community grant recipients. Understand how the centralized database management system for CenteringPregnancy® is an example of a grant management tool that ensures achievement of grant deliverables and impact of March of Dimes’ investment. Learn how moving the centralized database management system for CenteringPregnancy® to an online platform streamlines collection, facilitates improved data quality and allows for timely reporting to internal and external audiences.

Keyword(s): Birth Outcomes, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a Master’s in Public Health, specializing in Epidemiology from the University at Albany School of Public Health. I am the Manager of Research and Analysis in the Perinatal Data Center at the March of Dimes. I have spent several years as an epidemiologist in Maternal and Child Health, which includes presenting at several conferences (including SPER, MCH Epi and CityMatch).
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.