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Understanding Disparities in Perinatal Health and Birth Outcomes: Emerging Trends and Perspectives

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Date Developed: 05/08/2006. Source: U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Presenter(s): Michael Kogan, PhD; Paul Wise, MD, MPH; Paula Braveman, MD, MPH. Type: Webinar Archive. Level: Advanced. Length: 60 minutes.


This web conference covers the topic of health disparities in the context of birth outcomes and perinatal health. In the first part, Dr. Paul Wise describes the trends in infant health with particular focus on the role of medical technology on disparities in infant health. Next, Dr. Paula Braveman discusses current hypotheses on the causes of preterm birth and low birth weight and the disparities than exist in these conditions between different racial and ethnic populations. The web conference concludes with a short question and answer session. PowerPoint slides and additional resources are included.

Learning Objectives

• Understand national emerging trends in perinatal health.

• Learn the medical and non-medical factors relating to disparities in perinatal health and birth outcomes.

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.