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MICH-27 Reduce the proportion of children aged 8 years with cerebral palsy born as low birth weight infants (less than 2,500 grams)

About the Data

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

Data Source: 
Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (CDC/NCBDDD)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
50.0 (2006)
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement

Number of 8-year-old children with cerebral palsy born as low birth weight infants (<2500 grams)


Number of 8-year-old children with cerebral palsy

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Data Collection Frequency: 
Methodology Notes: 

    The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network provides reliable, population-based prevalence estimates of the number of school-aged children with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities over time and is the only program in the US conducting active surveillance for serious developmental disabilities using data on individual children. For the majority of children with cerebral palsy (CP) the cause of their cerebral palsy is unknown. The effects of improved neonatal care overtime which differ dramatically by birth weight have had particular implications for CP. This indicator focuses on one of the leading risk factors for cerebral palsy. Monitoring potentially modifiable, major risk factors is an area ripe for introducing interventions and improving outcomes.

    The denominator for this objective reflects the number of 8-year-old children with CP who were born in the participating ADDM states and resided in the respective surveillance areas at 8 years of age.


Additional resources about the objective

  1. Christensen D, Van Naarden Braun K, Doernberg NS, Maenner MJ, Arneson CL, Durkin MS, Benedict RE, Kirby RS, Wingate MS, Fitzgerald R, Yeargin-Allsopp M. Prevalence of cerebral palsy, co-occurring autism spectrum disorders, and motor functioning - Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, USA, 2008. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2013 Oct 1.
  2. Pakula A, Van Naarden Braun K, Yeargin-Allsopp M. Epidemiology and Classification of Cerebral Palsy. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am 20 (2009) 425–452.