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PREFACE                                                                  
                                                                                                              
The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Statistics report presents selected data on                               
vital events and population characteristics for mothers, children, and youth in                               
Arkansas for the year 2000.  These data are presented for the use of health planners                          
in Statewide Services, Public Health Regions, Shared Services, local public health                            
units, hospitals, and other public health professions, and for individuals desiring                           
general information about the maternal and child health in Arkansas.                                          
                                                                                                              
In 1999, we began to use the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth                                  
Edition, (ICD 10) to code cause of death. In the 1999 issue of this publication                               
is an overview of ICD 10 and the impact changing from ICD9 to ICD 10 has an analysis                          
of causes of death over time. This discussion was provided by our statistician,                               
Dorene Harris.                                                                                                
                                                                                                              
Address comments and questions to:                                                                            
                                                                                                              
Thaer Baroud, MHSA, MA,Health Program Analyst                                                                 
Arkansas Department of Health                                                                                 
Center For Health Statistics - Slot 19                                                                        
4815 West Markham Street                                                                                      
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-3867                                                                              
                                                                                                              
Phone:  (501) 280-4812                                                                                        
Fax:    (501) 661-2544                                                                                        
email:  tbaroud@healthyarkansas.com                                                                           
                                                                                                              
This publication, along with others published by the Center for Health Statistics,                            
is available on the Internet at:                                                                              
                                                                                                              
http://www.healthyarkansas.com/data/data.html                                                                 
 
 
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