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  In an organization such as the Arkansas Department of Health, it is impossible to acknowledge                         
  everyone who plays a role in the development of a report of this nature.  There are, however,                         
  several people and organizations who deserve special mention.                                                         
  The Center for Health Statistics has primary responsibility for the analysis of vital statistics data                 
  and for the preparation of Arkansas Vital Statistics:  1997.  This report is prepared under the                
  general supervision of Douglas R. Murray, Director, and Werner Haney, Director of Vital                               
  Statistics Section.  Paul Johnson, Senior Research Analyst, and Terri Wooten, Medical                                 
  Economist,  analyze and edit the data for the report and generate the tables.  Mary Richardson,                       
  Documents Examiner, assists Paul and Terri.                                                                           
  Special recognition must also be given to other staff in the Center for Health Statistics for their                   
  contributions to the production of Arkansas Vital Statistics:  1997. John Senner, Senior                       
  Research Analyst, verifies fetal death information.  Dorene Harris, Statistician, does medical                        
  data quality assurance. Debbie Campbell, Nosologist, Bettye Belleton, and Gloria Conley,                              
  Documents Examiners, code and key cause of death from the death certificates.  Debbie                                 
  Campbell also keys fetal death certificates.  Ann Gilbert, Documents Examiner, is responsible                         
  for coding and keying out-of-state birth and death certificates.  Charlotte Caldwell, Secretary,                      
  is responsible for keying spontaneous and induced abortion data and for distribution of the                           
  The Division of Vital Records (Gary Adams, Director and State Registrar) is responsible for the                       
  collection and registration of all vital events.  The data from these records are the source of the                   
  information in this report.                                                                                           
  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 which 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 preparing the 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, spontaneous                               
  abortion, and some induced abortion data are not received from other states.                                          
  Comments and questions should be addressed to:                                                                        
                           Terri Wooten                                                                                 
                  Arkansas Department of Health                                                                         
              Center for Health Statistics - Slot 19                                                                    
                     4815 West Markham Street                                                                           
                 Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-3867                                                                       
          Phone: (501) 661-2047     Fax:  (501) 661-2544                                                                
  This publication, along with others published by the Center for Health Statistics, is available                       
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  Cover photo:   Winding Stair, Little Missouri River                                                                   
                 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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