Policy and Strategic Planning helps oversee policy development and strategic initiatives, including the Department's key efforts in vital statistics and information technology. In addition, the Office supports the Department’s work with the Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism, the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research, and the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research.
Anthony Welch became Director of Policy and Strategic Planning in 2015. Prior to joining the Department, Anthony served as a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Governor.
The Office of Information Technology Services (OITS) oversees the technology infrastructure, services and systems for the Department of Health which enables the department to deliver vital services to New Jersey's citizens and health care systems. With overall accountability for building a secure foundation to support the State’s health information network, OITS is committed to leveraging New Jersey’s technology resources to make information accessible anytime, anywhere. Expanding and strengthening communication via multiple channels while implementing practical solutions are key components of improving New Jersey’s health system.
Vital Statistics and Registry maintains vital events that occur in New Jersey. Its mission includes maintaining birth, marriage and death records starting at 1916; domestic partnership records starting at 2004; civil union records starting at 2007; adoptions and certificates of birth resulting in stillbirth data starting at 1969. Vital Records are also available from Local Vital Records Offices in the municipality where the event occurred.
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.