The mission of Public Health Services is to maintain and improve the health and quality of life for New Jersey’s citizens by promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing the spread of communicable diseases, improving environmental and workplace factors that impact people’s health and well being, and ensuring the reliability of New Jersey’s health infrastructure and emergency response network.
Arturo Brito, MD, MPH, has been Deputy Commissioner of Public Health Services since 2011. A pediatrician with a public health background, Dr. Brito joined the Department after serving as the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of the Children's Health Fund in New York City, a national nonprofit organization serving and advocating for medically underserved children.
The five operational units of Family Health Services (FHS) provide extensive public health programs and services to promote and protect health in New Jersey: Maternal & Child Health, Primary Care & Rural Health, Special Child Health & Early Intervention Services, WIC Nutrition Services and Community Health & Wellness. FHS programs serve individuals and families (including those with special needs) targeting at-risk populations to reduce disparities in health outcomes by ensuring access to quality comprehensive care.
Funding from state and federal sources as well as private nonprofit foundations support family centered, culturally competent preventive and primary care services, population-based public health surveillance, public health screening and early detection of disorders and chronic diseases, enabling programs to support high risk or special needs populations.
The Division of Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health is committed to tracking reportable diseases/conditions and outbreaks, preventing disease and injury by reducing or eliminating exposures and hazards in the environment and the workplace, and informing the public. Program activities include an environmental health hazard assessment, continuous tracking and reporting of occupational and environmental public health issues, ensuring safe food and water, monitoring and preventing the spread of communicable diseases, and tracking the incidence of cancer and drawing meaningful conclusions from cancer data.
Public Health Infrastructure, Laboratories and Emergency Preparedness (PHILEP) provides strategic and operational leadership to coordinate New Jersey’s local public health agencies, laboratory services and emergency preparedness and response. PHILEP oversees the State’s emergency preparedness, emergency medical services, local public health and public health and environmental laboratories. PHILEP also interacts with other governmental agencies on the federal, state, county and local levels, as well as in partnership with private and non-for-profit sector organizations to coordinate activities that prepare the State for a public health emergency.
HIV, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Tuberculosis Services focuses on preventing and reducing the spread of HIV, STDs and TB and ensure that HIV-, STD- and TB-infected people and those at risk of infection have access to the care they need. The program uses its resources to help community-based facilities deliver high-quality, comprehensive services that meet the language and cultural needs of the people they serve.
The Medicinal Marijuana Program is charged with implementing New Jersey’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. New Jersey law distinguishes between medical and non-medical uses of marijuana. Patients who qualify for medicinal marijuana to relieve pain caused by certain debilitating conditions may register with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) so that they may legally use medicinal marijuana. Primary caregivers may register to obtain medicinal marijuana for their qualified patients. The rules also define procedures for the operation of Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) within the State to cultivate and dispense medicinal marijuana and related supplies to qualified patients.
Cathleen D. Bennett
P.O. Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625
New Jersey is home to over 2,000 licensed hospitals, nursing homes, and medical care facilities. The New Jersey Department of Health works to ensure that citizens receive appropriate levels of care in every regulated facility.
New Jersey's local and county health departments are community-based public health service and a first point of contact for questions about public health services or health conditions.