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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS                                                          
                                                                                                    
In an organization such as the Arkansas Department of Health, it is impossible                      
to acknowledge everyone who has a role in the development of this report.                           
There are, however, several people and organizations who deserve special                            
mention.                                                                                            
                                                                                                    
Funds for development and printing of this report are provided by the federal                       
Maternal and Child Health Block Grant program, administered by the Section of                       
Maternal and Child Health (Richard Nugent, M.D., Medical Director), of the                          
Bureau of Public Health Programs, (Martha Hiett, Director).                                         
                                                                                                    
The Center for Health Statistics, (Douglas R. Murray, Director; Gary Adams,                         
Assistant Director), has the lead role in the production of this report.                            
Werner Haney, Director of Vital Statistics Section, supervises the team                             
responsible for production of the report.  Carol Nilles, Management Project                         
Analyst II, analyzes and edits the data for the report and generates the                            
tables.                                                                                             
                                                                                                    
Special recognition must also be given to the following staff in the Center                         
for Health Statistics for their vital contributions to the report.  John                            
Senner, Senior Research Analyst, verifies fetal death data and provides                             
consultation on MCH issues.  Dorene Harris, Statistician, provides medical                          
data quality assurance.  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, code and key out-of-state birth and death                             
certificates.  Charlotte Caldwell, Secretary, is responsible for report                             
distribution.                                                                                       
                                                                                                    
We would also like to thank the Division of Vital Records (Henry Robinson,                          
Jr., Director) for the collection and registration of all vital events.  It is                      
the data from these records which are the source of the information presented                       
in this report.  Thanks also to the Division of Data Processing (Gerald                             
Perkins, Director) for providing 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) also contributed to the report by providing the population                          
data which enabled the calculation of many of the rates presented herein.                           
                                                                                                    
Cover photo: Lake DeGray State Park                                                                 
           Photo by A. Haralson, courtesy of Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism                      
                                                                                                    
Cover design: John Hofheimer, Arkansas Dept. of Health, Center for Health                           
Statistics                                                                                          
 
 
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