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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 deserving of special mention.                                  
The Center for Health Statistics (John Senner, PhD., Branch Chief) has the lead                               
role in the production of this report.  Priya Kakkar, Health Program Analyst with                             
the oversight of Paul Johnson, Senior Research Analyst, analyzed and edited                                   
the data for the report and generated the tables.                                                             
Special recognition must also be given to the staff in the Center for Health Statistics                       
for their vital contributions to the report.  John Senner, PhD, Branch Chief, verified                        
fetal death data and provided consultation on MCH issues.  Dorene Harris,                                     
Statistician, provided medical data quality assurance.  Charlotte Spencer, Documents                          
Examiner II, keyed out-of-state birth certificates.  Marsha Grisham provided ongoing                          
support in the editing process.  Charlotte Caldwell, Secretary II, was responsible                            
for report distribution.                                                                                      
We would also like to thank the Division of Vital Records (Michael A. Adams,                                  
Registrar and Section Director) for the collection and registration of all vital events,                      
and Vanessa Calamese, Administrative Support Supervisor and her staff for the                                 
data entry.  Data from these records were the source of the information presented                             
in this report.  Thanks also to the Division of Technology Services for providing                             
the computer facilities for data entry and management.                                                        
The United States Census Bureau contributed to the report by providing the                                    
population data that enabled the calculation of many of the rates presented herein.                           
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