Arkansas is home to over 2,900,000
people. In size, it stands 27th among the states, with an
area of 53,187 square miles. The state contains over
600,000 acres of lakes and 9,740 miles of streams and rivers, 6
national park sites and 50 state parks; thereby earning the name
"The Natural State." Known as an agricultural state, the
state is also home to 4 Fortune 100 companies...Walmart, Tyson,
Murphy Oil, and Dillards. The Arkansas Center for Birth Defects
is housed within the state's capital city, Little Rock.
Birth Defects are a significant public health concern that affect about 3 to 4 percent of all live births. Each year, approximately 150,000 U.S. babies are born with birth defects. Each year in Arkansas, approximately 1,300 babies are diagnosed with a birth defect and more than 100 babies will die because of them. The Arkansas Center's Mission is to reduce the prevalence of birth defects in Arkansas and the nation, as well as to decrease the psychological, social, and economic impact of birth defects. To accomplish these goals, data are obtained through the Arkansas Reproductive Health Monitoring System (ARHMS) - a nationally acclaimed birth defects surveillance system.
The Arkansas Center participates in the National Birth Defect
Prevention Study, conducts local research studies and collaborates with
researchers and public health experts across the country to develop public
health programs to help prevent birth defects. Through synergistic
collaborations, the Arkansas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention
combines surveillance, research and prevention to make a difference in the lives
of children and their families.