Population Health (OPH) provides leadership and management of health improvement planning, policy implementation, direction of data analytics, and outcomes research on the topic of population health. Programs within OPH collect and report statewide health statistics and maintain numerous surveillance systems and data registries. OPH staff publish quality performance data and annual hospital performance reports for NJ hospitals, and provide funding to community organizations to conduct health promotion and disease prevention activities in high risk subpopulations of the state. The Office has oversight over the Healthcare Quality and Informatics and the Minority and Multicultural Health units.
Colette Lamothe-Galette, Director of the Office of Population Health (OPH), has been with the Department of Health for more than 12 years.
Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH) works to reduce and ultimately eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities through equal access to programs that enable all populations in New Jersey to achieve optimal health, dignity and independence. Major OMMH objectives are to promote policies that improve health for multicultural populations; build community-level capacity to identify and reduce disease risk factors; support partnerships with minority-serving community and faith-based organizations, and develop and promote culturally competent policies and practices in health service delivery.
Center for Health Statistics & Informatics (CHS) is the official source for the analysis and distribution of New Jersey health information. As the Department’s principal resource for public health data analysis expertise, CHS coordinates the collection and tracking of data for the State Health Assessment and the State Health Improvement Plan. CHS provides statistics on annual vital events data (NJSHAD), chronic illness prevalence and associated risk factors (NJBRFS), and fatal and non-fatal injury and violence (NJVDRS). CHS is part of the Office of Healthcare Quality and Informatics, which oversees the collection, management and analysis of essential public health services data in addition to researching, designing and developing new tools and techniques to enhance efficiency of program operations.
Healthcare Quality Assessment (HCQA) works to improve the quality of health care in New Jersey by developing data and producing reports that can be used by consumers, health care providers, policy makers and regulators. HCQA leads diverse projects which involve primary and secondary data collection, complex data analyses, and statistical reporting on health services to monitor compliance with regulation of health facilities. HCQA is part of the Office of Healthcare Quality and Informatics, which oversees the collection, management and analysis of essential public health services data.
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.