From 1992 to 1997, staff at the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services (now called the Department of Health Services) worked with its Interagency Working Group (IWG) to improve the state's health statistics infrastructure to make it more responsive to people's needs and more accessible.
The project helped the Center for Health Statistics move from being a traditional data-producing center to a center that produces data and works with policymakers to meet their informational needs. The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Information for State Health Policy national program.
- Developed a series of three subject-specific profiles that correspond to three of the state's policy priority areas: pregnant women and infants, children ages 1 to 17 and people with chronic conditions.
- In July 1995, enhanced its Family Health Survey—an ongoing telephone survey of Wisconsin households—to collect more information on children and chronic health conditions.
- Created a Comprehensive Maternal and Infant Database by linking birth, death, inpatient hospitalization and Medicaid eligibility and claims files through 1996.
- Fielded a prenatal care survey in 1996 to collect information on access to prenatal care and birth outcomes.