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The information provided in Arkansas Vital Statistics 1999 is an integral part in quantifying and                
assessing progress made in the health status of Arkansas residents. Although acknowledging each                         
person connected with this publication is impractical, several individuals and organizations deserve                    
special recognition.                                                                                                    
The Center for Health Statistics has primary responsibility for the analysis of birth, death, marriage,                 
divorce, and induced abortions data as well as for the preparation of Arkansas Vital Statistics 1999.            
This report is prepared under the supervision of the Director of the Center for Health                                  
Statistics, Douglas R. Murray.  Paul Johnson, Senior Research Analyst, and Eileen Kelley, Project                       
Analyst, prepare the data for the report and generate the tables.                                                       
The Division of Vital Records (Sharon Leinbach, Director and State Registrar) is responsible for the                    
collection and registration of all vital events.  The data compiled from these records are used to                      
produce this report.                                                                                                    
Collaboration between colleagues in the Center for Health Statistics and the Division of Vital Records                  
is essential in providing accurate data.   John Senner, Senior Research Analyst, works closely with                     
Steve Whisnant from Vital Records to verify fetal death information.  Dorene Harris, Statistician for                   
the Center, does medical data quality assurance with input from Faye McLelland, Secretary.   Grace                      
Carson, Records Management Analyst, Gene Brown, Assistant Director, and Vanessa Calamese, Data                          
Processing Supervisor, all from Vital Records, ensure that data corrections are made in a timely                        
manner.  Our Documents Examiners perform a wide variety of duties.  Laurie Luchsinger and Gloria                        
Conley assist with coding and keying cause of death from the death certificates.   Rhonda Forte keys                    
in fetal death certificates as well as out-of-state death certificates.  Charlotte Spencer keys the out-of-             
state birth certificates. And Mary Richardson provides ongoing support in the editing process.                          
Charlotte Caldwell, Secretary, is responsible for keying induced abortion data and for distribution of                  
all reports.                                                                                                            
The Division of Information Technology Services (Gerald Perkins, Director) provides the computer                        
facilities for data entry and management.                                                                               
The United States Census Bureau provides the state population data that enable the calculation of                       
many of the rates in the report.  Thanks also to Tsai Mei Lin of the Center for Health Statistics for her               
work in providing population data for report production.                                                                
Most out-of-state occurrences of vital events to Arkansas residents are incorporated into this report                   
through inter-state exchange agreements; although marriage, divorce, and some induced abortion                          
data are not received from other states.                                                                                
Comments and questions should be addressed to:                                                                          
Eileen Kelley                                                                                                           
Arkansas Department of Health                                                                                           
Center for Health Statistics - Slot 19                                                                                  
4815 West Markham Street                                                                                                
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-3867                                                                                        
Phone: (501) 661-2003     Fax:  (501) 661-2544                                                                          
This publication, along with others published by the Center for Health Statistics, is available on the                  
Internet at:                                                                                                                                                                        
Cover photo:Mellon's Country Store, Mountain View, Arkansas                                                             
A.C. Haralson, courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.                                                
Cover design:John Hofheimer, Arkansas Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics                                
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