Next Public Health Grand Rounds
Public Health Strategies to Prevent Preterm Birth
Monday, November 16, 2015 at 10am ET
During the final months of pregnancy, a growing baby goes through important stages of development. The earlier a baby is born, the higher the risk of death or serious disability. Preterm birth, the birth of an infant before 37 weeks of pregnancy, is the largest contributor to infant death. Infants born before 32 weeks gestation bear the biggest burden – representing more than 50 percent of infant deaths. Premature births also pose a long-lasting financial burden on the individual, their families and society. In 2005, the Institute of Medicine reported that each year the cost associated with premature birth in the United States was over $26 billion.
Modern technology and stronger public health strategies have made a significant impact in reducing preterm births and infant mortality. However, we still have a lot to learn about the causes of premature birth in order to prevent it and protect the youngest members of our society, especially among racial and ethnic minorities.
CDC Grand Rounds Sessions
- December 15, 2015: Developing a Culture of Laboratory Safety
- January 19, 2016: The Role of Modeling in Emergency Response
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Public Health Strategies to Prevent Preterm Birth
- Electronic Cigarettes: Public Health Peril or Promise?
- Global Health Security: Lessons from Ebola
- Preventing Suicide: A Comprehensive Public Health Approach
- Adolescence: Preparing for Lifelong Health and Wellness
- Working to Eliminate Measles Around the Globe
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