|Submitted||Oct. 19, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to Open Public Records Act ("OPRA"), I hereby request the following records:
The data record layout, data frame, or any equivalent data framework used by this agency to document maternal deaths. Materials responsive to this portion of this request should include reference to the data elements collected by this department and should not include any personal information. Please feel free to redact any personally-identifying information.
If any clarification is necessary, please feel free to call the MuckRock Office at 617-299-1832.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.
Dear Ms Lustig:
This will respond to the referenced request. The Department does not "document maternal deaths." Therefore, the Office of the Commissioner does not hold government records responsive to the request.
Any further request for records on health data topics should be submitted to the custodian of records for the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning and Office of Population Health of the Department, through the website, here: https://www16.state.nj.us/NJ_OPRA/department.jsp
Without waiving any objections to the request, and in an effort to assist you, I note that the New Jersey State Health Assessment Data System (NJSHAD), described here, http://www.nj.gov/health/chs/njshad/, contains a Health Topic page specifically relating to Maternal Health, here: https://www26.state.nj.us/doh-shad/topic/Births.html, which states, in pertinent part, that "Maternal and Child Health is tracked at the national and state levels primarily through [the] Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (PRAMS)." Records describing the CDC's PRAMS surveillance methodology are available here: https://www.cdc.gov/prams/.
Genevieve Raganelli, Regulatory Officer
Custodian of Records for the Office of the Commissioner
Office of Legal and Regulatory Compliance
New Jersey Department of Health