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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:  1998.  This report is prepared under the general
supervision of Douglas R. Murray, Director, and Jim Foot, Director of Vital Statistics Section.  Paul
Johnson, Senior Research Analyst, and Eileen Kelley, Project Analyst,  analyze and edit the
data for the report and generate the tables.  Mary Richardson, Documents Examiner, assists Paul
and Eileen.

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:  1998. John Senner, Senior Research
Analyst, verifies fetal death information.  Dorene Harris, Statistician, does medical data quality
assurance. Debbie Campbell, Nosologist, keys in fetal death certificates.  Laurie Luchsinger and
Gloria Conley, Documents Examiners, code and key cause of death from the death certificates.
Charlotte Spencer, Documents Examiner, keys out-of-state birth certificates.  Ann Gilbert, also a
Documents Examiner, codes and keys out-of-state 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 (Sharon Leinbach, 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:

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

This publication, along with others published by the Center for Health Statistics, is available on the
Internet at:

               Cover photo:   Lake Enterprise, Wilmot, Arkansas
                    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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