Office of Commissioner

  1. Policy and Strategic Planning

    Policy and Strategic Planning

    Magda Schaler-Haynes, J.D., M.P.H.

    The Office of Policy and Strategic Planning leads policy development and strategic initiatives.  In addition, the Office oversees the Department's key efforts in vital statistics and information technology and 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.

    Magda Schaler-Haynes has worked in health law, politics and policy for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Department, she served: as Special Advisor for health care and women's issues to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez; on New York's health reform team as Senior Health Policy Advisor at the New York State Insurance Department; as Amicus Manager at the Center for Reproductive Rights; as an independent consultant to diverse clients on matters regarding constitutional law and public health, health reform, health care and plan regulation and gender equality; and as an Associate in the Health Care Group at the Proskauer law firm in New York. Magda is Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University where she has taught Public Health Law and reproductive health policy since 2008.  She holds JD and MPH degrees from Columbia University and a BA from Brandeis University.

  2. Office of Health Information Technology

    Office of Health Information Technology

    Eileen Troutman
    Chief Information Officer

    The Office of Health Information Technology (HIT) 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, HIT 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.

  3. Vital Statistics and Registry

    Vital Statistics and Registry

    Vincent Arrisi
    State Registrar

    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.

Last Reviewed: 3/27/2018