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Finding, Understanding and Disseminating Data and Statistics

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This tutorial explains why data and statistics are useful to health professionals. It provides some questions that should be answered in order to determine the type of data needed for a project or specific research. It then introduces the Center for Disease Control as a resource for finding up-to-date data and statistics on many health indicators. A hypothetical situation in which a public health professional is trying to prove that Louisiana would benefit from a WIC breastfeeding promotion program is then discussed. In this situation, the public health professional would use data and statistics from the CDC Breastfeeding Report Card and the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) to support the argument that Louisiana should implement the program.

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