May 2, 2003
HONOLULU — The public and media are invited to hear Dr.
Michael C. Lu, of UCLA Schools of Medicine & Public Health, speak
on "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Birth
Outcomes: A New Perspective." His presentation will be at
the Tokai University Auditorium, May 6, 2003 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
Dr. Lu is one of the leading authorities on premature births.
Premature birth is a major health concern because of the recent rise in
rates, as well as the impact on health care costs and the long-term
health of the newborn. Low birth weights and neonatal deaths are just
some of the problems that arise due to premature births.
Dr. Lu will share information about racial and ethnic differences in
the frequency of premature births in Hawaii and the rest of the nation.
He will also talk about the latest findings on contributing factors
that place a woman at increased risk for having a low birth weight or
premature infant. It is hoped that this presentation will assist health
care providers in improving detection of women at risk for premature
birth and urge government officials to create and support programs to
reach women of childbearing age.
This free presentation is sponsored by the March of Dimes Hawaii
Chapter, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii, and the
Hawaii Department of Health.
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For more information, contact:
Maternal and Child Health Branch