State Health Assessment

draft report cover

Table of Contents


NJ Resident Profile

Quality of Life



The New Jersey Department of Health is pleased to present the final draft of the 2018 State Health Assessment for public comment.

The public comment period runs from January 10 through February 10, 2018.

We are asking our public health partners and the general public to review and provide comments on the draft of the report.  Comments must be received by February 10, 2018 to be considered.

The complete draft report may be accessed by clicking the image of the report cover at the top of the column to the right.  To jump to specific parts of the report, use the links below the image.  The comment form may be accessed here.  We look forward to your input.

The purpose of the State Health Assessment (SHA) is to

  • describe the health status of the population,
  • identify areas for health improvement,
  • determine factors that contribute to poor health outcomes, and
  • define assets and resources that can be mobilized to achieve overall population health goals.  

The SHA is based on over 100 public health objectives in 20 health topic areas established in 2011 and tracked over subsequent years.  It represents a mid-course review of each objective's progress toward target values set to be attained by 2020.  The SHA also contains data and information on

  • demographics,
  • socioeconomic characteristics,
  • quality of life,
  • health disparities,
  • other social determinants of health status, and
  • emerging public health issues.
Last Reviewed: 1/8/2018