Webinar Series: PRAMS Data Linkage

June 15, 2022

ASTHO’s Linking PRAMS and Clinical Outcomes Data Multi-Jurisdiction Learning Community presents the Data Linkage Webinar Series. This series features sessions about data use agreements and partnerships, legal barriers, and evaluating a data linkage project.

Although each session focused on linking PRAMS and clinical outcomes data for maternal and child health programs, information in these sessions can be applied to any data linkages.

Data Linkage 101

Jan. 12, 2022

During session one, Russell Kirby, PhD, MS, FACE, provided a high-level overview of the purpose and processes of linking data, as well as factors to consider throughout.


  • Russell Kirby is a distinguished university professor, Marrell endowed chair, and strategic area faculty lead for population health science at the College of Public Health, University of South Florida.

Asking the Right Questions

Feb. 16, 2022

During session two, Khaleel Hussaini, PhD, and Milton Kotelchuck, MPH, PhD, discussed how to successfully establish data use agreements and engage partners in the process.


  • Khaleel Hussaini is the CDC maternal and child health epidemiology program assignee for the Delaware Division of Public Health.
  • Milton Kotelchuck is a professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and senior scientist in maternal and child health at both the Center for Child & Adolescent Health Research and Policy at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Legal Barriers With Data Sharing

March 17, 2022

In session three, Lillian Colasurdo, JD, and Shae Sutton, PhD, discussed national and state legal barriers to data sharing.


  • Lillian Colasurdo is the director of public health law and data sharing at the Association of State and Territorials Health Officials.
  • Shae Sutton is the senior director of programs at the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems.

State Share Session

May 19, 2022

During session four, Lizzie Harvey, PhD, MPH, shared successes and challenges with maternal and child health data linkages in Tennessee, while Kara Zivin, PhD, MS, MA, MFA, discussed conducting data linkages of Michigan’s PRAMS and Medicaid data from the perspective of an external partner.


  • Lizzie Harvey is the CDC maternal and child health epidemiology program assignee for the Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Family Health and Wellness.
  • Kara Zivin is a professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics, and Gynecology, and Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan; a research scientist at the Department of Veterans Affairs; and a senior health researcher at Mathematica.

Evaluating Your Data Linkages

June 15, 2022

In session five, Cheryl Clark, DrPH, RHIA, discussed connections between data quality and equity, the impacts of linking equity, and ways to ensure and optimize linking equity.


  • Cheryl Clark is the Associate Director of Equity, Epidemiology and Evaluation, at the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)