This publication was made possible by funding from the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS), Bureau of Vital Statistics through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - the National Center on Birth Defect and Development Disabilities (NCBDDD).
About the Project
The Institute of Public Policy conducted focus groups and surveys to understand the public’s awareness of the Zika virus and birth defects for the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services in order to strengthen the Missouri Zika Surveillance, Intervention and Referral System (MOZSIRS). The IPP conducted six focus groups in total between January and March 2018. Four focus groups and surveys were conducted with women of childbearing ages in Columbia, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Cape Girardeau. Two focus groups were conducted with healthcare providers in Columbia. The IPP found a lack of awareness of the Zika virus and birth defects and gaps between healthcare providers and women of childbearing ages. Findings and recommendations were reported in the publication.
This publication addressed the significant issues that impact women of childbearing ages in Missouri. We found one out three participants show a lack of awareness of the issue. This publication sheds light on the gaps and misunderstandings of current referrals related to birth defects. Research findings would support the state in making informed decisions.