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Snapshot of Premature Births and Infant Mortality in Galveston County. Dana Wiltz-Beckham, DVM Chief Epidemiologist. Galveston County 1999-2002. 18% of ALL births were to Black women. 28% of PREMATURE births were to Black women. Texas 1999-2002. 11% of ALL births were to Black women.

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Snapshot of Premature Births and Infant Mortality in Galveston County

Dana Wiltz-Beckham, DVM

Chief Epidemiologist


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Galveston County 1999-2002 Galveston County

  • 18% of ALL births were to Black women.

  • 28% of PREMATURE births were to Black women.


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Texas 1999-2002 Galveston County

  • 11% of ALL births were to Black women.

  • 16% of PREMATURE births were to Black women.


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Infant Mortality Galveston County

108 total deaths among children <1 year of age for 1999-2002 in Galveston County


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Infant Mortality Link to Premature Births Galveston County

  • CDC: Premature births was the major reason of 3% rise in US infant mortality (2002).

  • Rise related to advancements in technology and neonatal care.

  • Other causes: hospital reporting, maternal anemia, chronic high blood pressure, diabetes.


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