|Report Area||Total Live Births||Low Weight Births
|Low Weight Births, Percent Total|
|Franklin County, PA||12,992||987||7.6%|
|HP 2020 Target||<= 7.8|
Babies Born with Low Birth Weight, Percent by Race / Ethnicity
|Report Area||Non-Hispanic White||Non-Hispanic Black||Non-Hispanic Asian or Pacific Islander||Hispanic or Latino|
|Franklin County, PA||7.4%||12.2%||no data||7.9%|
Babies Born with Low Birth Weight, Percent by Time Period,
2002-2008 through 2006-2012
|Franklin County, PA||7.4%||7.6%||7.7%||7.8%||7.6%|
Low Birth Weight
The Health Indicator Warehouse is the official repository of the nation's health data, providing public access to the information resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and others. When applicable, data can be obtained grouped by various information, including state, county, gender, race, ethnicity, and educational attainment.
The Division of Vital Statistics is a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) responsible for maintaining birth and death records for the nation. Data are compiled for the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) through a joint effort between the NCHS and various state and local health agencies, who are responsible for registering vital events – births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and fetal deaths. NVSS statistics are released annually in various data warehouses, including CDC WONDER , VitalStats, and the Health Indicator Warehouse .
Counts for this indicator represent the annual average births over the 7-year period 2003-2009. Original data was tabulated by the CDC based on information reported on each birth certificate. Rates represent the number of births weighing less than 2,500 grams per 100 live births based on the following formula:
Data was acquired from the Health Indicators Warehouse. For more information about this source, including data inclusion requirements and subject definitions, please visit the Health Indicator Warehouse indicator page indicator page or refer to the NVSS natality public use file documentation.
Race and Ethnicity
Race and ethnicity (Hispanic origin) are collected as two separate categories by state vital statistics registries based on methods established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 1997. All mortality statistics from the CDC WONDER databases are available by race alone (White, Black, Amer. Indian/AK Native, and Asian) ethnicity alone (Hispanic, Non- Hispanic), or by combined race and ethnicity. Data is reported separately for race alone and for ethnicity alone in order to maintain large enough sample sizes for the inclusion of small counties in the disaggregated data tables.
Courtesy: Community Commons, <www.communitycommons.org>, August 2016