Racial Disparity in Birth Defects: Who Has Higher Risk?

Ayan Ibrahim, Tri Tran, Dionka Pierce, Julie Johnston, Nicole Richmond, Susan Berry


Racial disparity in Birth defects study was conducted in Louisiana DHH, Office of Public Health, and CSHS during months of June to September 2013 as part of a practicum required by Tulane MPH Program. This study evaluating the racial differences among certain birth defects using birth defects surveillance data has never been done in Louisiana. Using the 2006-2008 linked data, the relationship between race/ethnicity and selected major birth defects was analyzed. Findings from this study helped identify the major birth defects common in this population and showed variations in the prevalence of  birth defects among certain racial/ethnic groups.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v6i1.5154

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