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                         ACKNOWLEDGMENTS



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:  1995.  This report is prepared under the general supervision of
Douglas R. Murray, Director; Gary Adams, Assistant Director; and Werner Haney, Director of Vital Statistics
Section.  Carol Nilles, Management Project Analyst, analyzes and edits the data for the report and generates
the tables.  Thanks to John Senner, Senior Research Analyst, for his work on fetal deaths and to Dorene Harris,
Statistician, for medical data quality assurance.

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:  1995.  Debbie Campbell, Nosologist, and Bettye
Belleton, Documents Examiner, code and key cause of death from the death certificates.  Debbie Campbell also
keys fetal death certificates.  Ann Gilbert and Dana Sindell, Documents Examiners, are 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 report.

The Division of Vital Records (Henry Robinson, Jr., 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 Data Processing (Gerald Perkins, Director) provides the computer facilities for data entry and
management.

The Demographic Research Division, Center for Research and Public Policy, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
(Mary A. McGehee, Research Technician and Programmer) provides the state population data which enable the
calculation of many of the rates in the report.

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:






                           Carol Nilles
                  Arkansas Department of Health
              Center for Health Statistics - Slot 19
                     4815 West Markham Street
                 Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-3867
                    Telephone: (501) 661-2003
                       Fax:  (501) 661-2544















Cover photo:   The Arkansas River at Little Rock, by Tim Schick, 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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