Office of Commissioner

  1. Public Health Services

    Public Health Services

    Jackie Cornell, M.P.A.P.
    Principal Deputy Commissioner

    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.

    Jackie Cornell has served in many leading policy and political roles in New Jersey. President Barack Obama appointed her regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Jackie has also worked for New Jersey Policy Perspective and the New Jersey Hospital Association. Passionate about leadership development, Jackie founded the New Leaders Council – New Jersey and is still active on their board. She began her career as a peer to peer health educator at Planned Parenthood. She is a New Jersey native and a proud alumna of The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy of Rutgers University and The College of New Jersey.

  2. Family Health Services

    Family Health Services

    Lisa Asare
    Assistant Commissioner

    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.

  3. Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health

    Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health

    Christina Tan
    Assistant Commissioner / State Epidemiologist

    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.

  4. Public Health Infrastructure, Laboratories & Emergency Preparedness

    Public Health Infrastructure, Laboratories & Emergency Preparedness

    Christopher Neuwirth
    Assistant Commissioner

    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.

  5. HIV, STD, and TB Services

    HIV, STD, and TB Services

    Christopher Menschner
    Assistant Commissioner

    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.

  6. Medicinal Marijuana Program

    Medicinal Marijuana Program

    Jeff Brown
    Assistant Commissioner

    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.


  7. Office of Women's Health

    Office of Women's Health


    The Office of Women’s Health (OWH) is charged with eradicating health disparities and fostering women’s equity and equality in healthcare and health outcomes. The office works closely with local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as private-sector partners, to oversee programs and services that:

    • provide family planning and reproductive healthcare;
    • provide science-backed sexual and reproductive health information and education; and

    address the health implications of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and access to menstrual products.

Last Reviewed: 12/13/2018