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MICH-8.2 Data Details

MICH-8.2 Reduce very low birth weight (VLBW)

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Vital Statistics System-Natality (NVSS-N); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
1.5 (2007)
Target-Setting Method
Projection/trend analysis
Number of live births with birth weight of less than 1,500 grams (3 lbs, 4oz)
Number of live births
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

The measure tracked by this subobjective is identical to one of the measures monitored by Healthy People 2000 objective 14.5 and Healthy People 2010 objective 16-10b.

A description of the very low birth weight measurement has been published by NCHS.1

1. Heck, K.E., and Klein, R.J. Operational definitions for year 2000 objectives: Priority area 14, Maternal and Infant Health. Healthy People 2000 Statistical Note. No. 14. Hyattsville, MD: NCHS, 1998.