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Percentage of all live births recorded as low birth weight (under 5.5 pounds or 2,500 grams) for women of all races and for the specified race category (i.e., white or African American/Other). The Alabama Department of Public Health does not disaggregate the “African American/Other Race” category in its published reports.
Alabama Department of Public Health, Center for Health Statistics. County Health Profiles (2003-2013).
Depending on the county and the specific indicator, percentages and rates are sometimes computed using a small number of cases. Since measurement error is potentially higher when the number of events is small and the resulting rates/percentages are not as stable as those based on larger numbers, caution should be exercised in using data based on limited numbers.
Rhonda Mann, Policy & Research Director
Founded in 1992, VOICES is a non-profit, non-partisan, statewide, multi-issue child advocacy organization working to ensure the well-being of Alabama's children through research, public awareness and advocacy.