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Disparity In Low Birth Weight in Wayne County, NC [pdf]

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Low birth weight is a leading cause of infant mortality. Unfortunately, despite declining ratesof infant mortality, racial and ethnic disparities in both low birth weight and infant mortalityrates persist. In this teaching case, a clinical vignette is used to draw attention to this publichealth priority in Wayne County, NC. Students learn essential epidemiological skills, such asidentifying limitations of sources of data and calculating relative risks, using the example oflow birth weight. In performing these skills, students also identify etiologies for suchdisparity. Finally, students discuss interventions that, when implemented, may decrease infant
mortality rates.

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