Very low weight births in Puerto Rico
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Very low weight births
Definitions: Live births weighing less than 1,500 grams (3 pounds and 4 ounces). The data are reported by place of mother's residence, not place of birth. Each year there is a small number of births in which the weight of the newborn is not recorded, and births of unknown weight are not included in these calculations.
Data Source: As a result of a data petition to the Puerto Rico Department of Health, Auxiliary Secretariat for Planning and Development, Division of Statistical Analysis.
Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud (Youth Development Institute)
The Youth Development Institute (IDJ, for its acronym in Spanish) promotes research and public policies to strengthen the economic security of families with children and youth with the objective of substantially reducing child poverty in Puerto Rico. IDJ boost change by developing evidence based public policy recommendations, empowering those affected to participate in the decision-making process, and fostering alliances. Also, by conducting research that deepens understanding of the problem to forge possible solutions and disseminating data to increase general knowledge about the challenges children and youth in poverty face in Puerto Rico.Learn More