Connecticut Highlights Need for Data on Maternal and Child Health

During 1992 and 1993, a 25-member Interagency Work Group (IWG), under the leadership of the under secretary of Connecticut's Office of Policy and Management, sought to improve the state's health statistics in order to focus more clearly on the area of maternal and child health.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Information for State Health Policy national program. It was designed as the planning phase of an effort which, if approved by RWJF, would have advanced into an implementation phase with funding from RWJF.

Key Results

Project staff:

  • Facilitated a recommitment by the state to maternal and child health issues.
  • Created an interest in a maternal and child health tracking system.
  • Developed a data-sharing relationship with Connecticut hospitals.
  • Assisted the newly-formed Strategic Planning and Information Division in the Department of Public Health and Addiction Services to integrate the project's accomplishments into its mission and functions.

Afterward: RWJF did not select Connecticut for implementation funding because the project never articulated a clear policy question of interest.