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Perinatal Risk and Resources Identified Using Spatial Logistic Regression and Trend Analysis

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Nickola Nelson

Department

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Presentation Date

4-14-2016

Document Type

Poster

Abstract

Poor birth outcomes (low birthweight (LBW), preterm birth, and stillbirth) are part of a cycle of poor health & socioeconomic inequality. Gaps in cognitive skills and physical health deficits widen the inequity between SES levels in communities in a self-perpetuating, intergenerational cycle. Patterns of inequality in maternal health mimic patterns in perinatal and infant health. Area-level risk factors that incorporate individual, environmental, and societal elements are now recognized for their interdependent contribution to poor pregnancy outcomes. Little is known, however, about spatial patterns of birth inequality and whether local programming adequately addresses health disparities.

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