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How the rest of their lives affects pregnancies of Pacific Islanders and African Americans in Utah

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Bennett, April Young Baksh, Laurie


Pacific Islander and African American women in Utah have a history of poor pregnancy outcomes, including high infant mortality rates and high rates of preterm birth. In 2012, compared with Non-Hispanic White mothers, both Pacific Islander and African American mothers had higher rates of obesity and overweight, gestational diabetes, chronic hypertension, preterm birth history, short birth intervals and lack of first trimester prenatal care. The Utah Department of Health (UDOH), Office of Health Disparities (OHD) sought to learn more about the social determinants of health leading to poor birth outcomes among these minority groups by interviewing Utah Pacific Islander and African American mothers who experienced an infant mortality, fetal death or preterm birth during the time period from January-August 2013. Study recommendations include supporting the whole woman instead of focusing unilaterally on health, concentrating health promotion efforts before and between pregnancies
Utah. Office of Health Disparities ReductionUtah. Department of Health
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