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New Jersey Health Statistics
1997

HEALTH STATUS

New Jersey Year 2000 Health Objectives

In October, 1990, the Public Health Service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives. This publication contained strategies for improving the health of the nation over the decade of the 1990s. The document served as the foundation for the development of the New Jersey response to the national health objectives which was published in mid-1991 as Healthy New Jersey 2000: A Public Health Agenda for the 1990s. Through a collaborative process involving programmatic and policy staff of the Department, other public health professionals, and the public, 67 health objectives for New Jersey were formulated encompassing goals in 11 priority areas of public health. In early 1996, an assessment of progress toward meeting New Jersey's year 2000 health objectives, entitled Update Healthy New Jersey 2000: A Public Health Agenda for the 1990s was published. This report was the culmination of a review process which entailed some limited revision of objectives and year 2000 targets. A few objectives were added, some, primarily those without a current or projected data source, were deleted and a number were revised. The result was an unduplicated total of 121 health objectives for New Jersey: 68 primary objectives and 53 sub-objectives targeting high-risk sub-groups of the population. A second update was published in February of 1999, entitled Healthy New Jersey 2000: Second Update and Review. This document added data from the mid-1990s to that which was already in the first update.

An assessment of the current status of a selected subset of the New Jersey year 2000 health objectives is presented in this section, limited to those objectives whose measurement is based on data included in this report. Nine years of data beyond the baseline year of 1988 are available for many of the objectives involving outcomes and behaviors recorded on the birth and death certificates and on the reports of cases of communicable diseases. The objectives presented in this report are revised in keeping with Healthy New Jersey 2000: Second Update and Review and are organized in the priority areas used in this latter report.

The following list categorizes the selected objectives into those which, given current trends, appear achievable by the year 2000, those whose achievement seems unlikely, and another group of objectives whose trend lines are such that status in the year 2000 is not possible to predict. It should be noted that classification of these objectives into one of the three categories is not meant to imply that statistical probabilities can be attached to the outcomes.

OBJECTIVE LIKELY TO BE ACHIEVED NOT LIKELY TO BE ACHIEVED UNCERTAIN
INFANT MORTALITY RATE - TOTAL X

INFANT MORTALITY RATE - BLACK

X
LOW BIRTH WEIGHT - TOTAL
X
LOW BIRTH WEIGHT - BLACK
X
VERY LOW BIRTH WEIGHT - TOTAL
X
VERY LOW BIRTH WEIGHT - BLACK
X
NO PRENATAL CARE - TOTAL

X
NO PRENATAL CARE - BLACK
X
EARLY PRENATAL CARE - TOTAL
X
EARLY PRENATAL CARE - BLACK
X
EARLY PRENATAL CARE - HISPANIC
X
BIRTHS TO FEMALES 10-14 - TOTAL X

BIRTHS TO FEMALES 10-14 - MINORITY X

BIRTHS TO FEMALES 15-19 - TOTAL X

BIRTHS TO FEMALES 15-19 - MINORITY X

MOTOR VEHICLE FATALITIES - 15-19 - TOTAL X

SUICIDES - 15-19 - WHITE MALES X

HOMICIDES - 15-19 - MINORITY MALES
X
BREAST CANCER DEATHS - TOTAL, AGE-ADJUSTED X

BREAST CANCER DEATHS - WOMEN 50-64 X

BREAST CANCER DEATHS - WOMEN 65 AND OVER X

LUNG CANCER DEATHS - TOTAL, AGE-ADJUSTED X

LUNG CANCER DEATHS - MINORITY MALES, AGE-ADJUSTED X

COLORECTAL CANCER DEATHS - TOTAL, AGE-ADJUSTED X

CERVICAL CANCER DEATHS - TOTAL, AGE-ADJUSTED

X
CERVICAL CANCER DEATHS - MINORITY, AGE-ADJUSTED

X
CERVICAL CANCER DEATHS - WOMEN 65 AND OVER
X
CORONARY HEART DISEASE DEATHS-TOTAL, AGE-ADJUSTED X

CORONARY HEART DISEASE DEATHS-MINORITY, AGE-ADJ. X

CORONARY HEART DISEASE DEATHS, TOTAL 45-64 X

CORONARY HEART DISEASE DEATHS, MINORITY 45-64 X

STROKE DEATHS - TOTAL, AGE-ADJUSTED X

STROKE DEATHS - MINORITY, AGE-ADJUSTED X

STROKE DEATHS - TOTAL 45-64 X

STROKE DEATHS - MINORITY 45-64 X

STROKE DEATHS - TOTAL 65 AND OVER
X
AIDS DEATHS - TOTAL, AGE-ADJUSTED X

AIDS DEATHS - ALL RACES, 25-44 X

PRIMARY & SECONDARY SYPHILIS INCIDENCE - TOTAL X

PRIMARY & SECONDARY SYPHILIS INCIDENCE - MINORITY X

GONORRHEA INCIDENCE - TOTAL X

MEASLES INCIDENCE - TOTAL X

ACTIVE TUBERCULOSIS INCIDENCE - TOTAL
X
ACTIVE TUBERCULOSIS INCIDENCE - MINORITY
X
LYME DISEASE INCIDENCE - TOTAL
X
MOTOR VEHICLE FATALITIES - TOTAL, AGE-ADJUSTED X

MOTOR VEHICLE FATALITIES - ALL RACES, 15-24 X

MOTOR VEHICLE FATALITIES - ALL RACES , 70 AND OVER
X
HOMICIDE DEATHS - MINORITY MALES, 15-44 X

HOMICIDE DEATHS - MINORITY FEMALES, 15-44 X

SUICIDES - ALL RACES, 15-24 X

SUICIDES - WHITE MEN, 65 AND OVER
X
CIRRHOSIS DEATHS - TOTAL, AGE-ADJUSTED X

CIRRHOSIS DEATHS - MINORITY MALES, AGE-ADJUSTED X

DRUG-RELATED DEATHS - TOTAL
X


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