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New Jersey Health Statistics
1999

PREFACE

This report was prepared by the Center for Health Statistics, which is located in the Office of Policy and Research of the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH). The report presents selected New Jersey vital and health statistics for the calendar year 1999 and includes data on natality, mortality, marriages, divorces, and communicable diseases. In addition, population estimates for the state and each county, by age, race, sex, and Hispanic ethnicity are presented. Except where noted, data on births, deaths, and fetal deaths include all reported resident events of these types, regardless of the state of occurrence.

Marriage and divorce data encompass all of these events occurring in New Jersey, but do not include marriages and divorces of New Jersey residents that occurred outside the state. Data definitions and limitations are discussed in the Technical Notes section of the report.

Two major changes took effect nationally beginning with 1999 data. As of January 1, 1999, all mortality data are classified by the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10). ICD-10 changes not only how causes of death are grouped for tabulation and ranking, but also how the underlying cause of death is determined from the multiple causes listed on the death certificate. It also produces breaks in trend data when 1999 deaths are compared with previous years unless comparability ratios are employed. Also beginning with 1999 data, age-adjusted death rates are computed using the estimated 2000 standard million, which replaces the 1940 standard million used in previous years. To compare 1999 age-adjusted rates to prior years' rates, the previous years' rates have been recalculated using the 2000 standard.

The accuracy of the data contained in this report depends on the completeness and validity of the information recorded on the various vital records. Statistics on births, deaths, fetal deaths, and marriages summarize the contents of the respective data files as of the time of preparation of the various chapters. Additions, deletions, and corrections made after that date are not reflected in the report.

Population estimates included in this report were prepared by the U.S. Bureau of the Census and were provided to the Center for Health Statistics by the New Jersey Department of Labor.

The Center for Health Statistics (CHS) staff is available to answer questions regarding the content and use of the data in this report. Data portions of this report, as well as other health-related data, are available at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Service's Web site. Additional statistics not included in the report or on the Internet may be obtained through request to CHS. Questions or requests should be addressed to the following:

New Jersey Department of Health
Center for Health Statistics
Room 405--PO Box 360
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0360

e-mail:
telephone: (609) 984-6702
fax: (609) 984-7633

Internet: http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The author wishes to acknowledge the efforts of those who contributed to this report. In addition to Joe Komosinski and other staff from the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Michael Duffy, Darrin Goldman, Michael Nuzzo, and Ping Shi of the Center for Health Statistics (CHS) provided data management and quality control assistance. Katherine Hempstead, Bretta Jacquemin, and Rose Marie Martin of CHS edited drafts of this report. Some of the tables in this report were provided by Janet DeGraaf of the Communicable Disease Service and Abdel Ibrahim of the HIV/AIDS Surveillance Unit of the Division of AIDS Prevention and Control, and their respective staffs. Dr. Ibrahim is also the author of the text in the HIV/AIDS section of the Communicable Disease chapter of this report. All maps in the Natality and Mortality chapters were created by Loretta Kelly of CHS.

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