Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
October 26, 1999
Rita Manno or Marilyn Riley
TRENTON - New Jersey's public health agenda for the new millennium sets ambitious goals to help foster good health for all New Jerseyans, from birth through the senior years, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Christine Grant announced today.
The proposed agenda -- Healthy New Jersey 2010: A Health Agenda for the First Decade of the New Millennium -- was released today for public review and comment. Public hearings on the 178-page document will be held November 16, 17 and 18, in Newark, Trenton and Blackwood, respectively. Members of the public also may submit written comments through December 30. The agenda will then be revised and released in final form next April.
Healthy New Jersey 2010 sets 142 health objectives in 19 major areas. These include maternal and child health, health care access, healthy behaviors, and preserving the health of seniors, as well as preventing and reducing diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and others.
For the first time, Healthy New Jersey 2010 takes an in-depth look at the health status of whites, Blacks and Hispanics, and sets ambitious targets for closing the gaps between the health of whites and minorities. The report also focuses on the goal of increasing the quality and years of healthy life for all New Jerseyans.
"This document gives us a detailed picture of where we are and where we'd like to be, as far as the health of our state's residents is concerned," said Grant. "Achieving good health for all populations is a responsibility shared by many groups and by all individuals."
Grant noted that the public health agenda that is ultimately adopted will be a valuable resource for many organizations. Health care providers and institutions, researchers and educators, community groups, and government at all levels can use the information in Healthy New Jersey 2010 in identifying needed services, planning programs or preparing grant applications.
This is the second major Healthy New Jersey document. The original Healthy New Jersey 2000 was released in 1991 in response to Healthy People 2000, the federal government's report defining the nation's goals for health promotion and disease prevention. New Jersey's first report contained 67 goals in 11 public health areas.
The proposed Healthy New Jersey 2010 was developed over the last 10 months by representatives of the departments of Education, Environmental Protection, Human Services, and Law and Public Safety, as well as Health and Senior Services. In preparing the document, the department sought the views of the public through a poll conducted in May by the Eagleton Institute for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University. Health professionals, advocacy groups and community-based organizations expressed their views in a series of focus group sessions held in March.
For most health objectives, Healthy New Jersey 2010 lists a baseline rate - whether an incidence or prevalence rate or death rate for a disease -- for the total population, whites, Blacks and, when possible, Hispanics. In some cases data are also broken down by age or gender. Baseline rates are usually 1996 or 1997 data.
The report also lists two outcomes for each health objective - the 2010 target and the "preferred 2010 endpoint." The target represents an ambitious but achievable rate, and often eliminates health disparities between racial groups. The preferred endpoint nearly always eliminates the health disparities between racial groups and is more ambitious for all groups, including those currently doing well.
"We know ten years is not a very long time to eliminate all health disparities. That's why we set challenging, yet achievable goals. But we also wanted to inspire everyone involved in health to strive for the ideal of better health for all New Jerseyans," Grant explained.
Healthy New Jersey 2010 is the first to contain a section on preserving the health of seniors. Included are target rates for immunizing seniors against influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia, and reducing the incidence of falls in long-term care facilities.
As well as the traditional vital records, such as birth and death certificates, this report uses measures taken from the state's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a telephone survey of adult health behaviors, as well as the Managed Care Report Card, such as rates of women receiving a mammogram.
Public hearings on the document will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Hearing dates and locations are as follows:
Copies of Healthy New Jersey 2010 may be obtained by calling (609) 984-6702. It is also available on the department's web site at www.state.nj.us/health.
Anyone not attending the hearing but wishing to submit comments may e-mail comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments may be mailed to:
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Attention: Healthy New Jersey 2010
Office of Policy and Research/8th Floor
P.O. Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Note: Attached are selected health objectives from the Healthy New Jersey 2010 report. For more details on these and other objectives, please call the Office of Communications at (609) 984-7160 for a copy of the report or view it on this site.