News Release

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Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Christine Grant
For Release:
November 2, 2000
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Christine Gage (609) 984-7160
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Trenton - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded two grants to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services that focus on public health research projects involving immunization for seniors and prostate cancer.

The first grant will study the impact of a 1999 New Jersey regulation that requires hospitals to offer flu and pneumonia immunizations to hospital patients aged 65 years and over. Currently New Jersey is the only state with this type of regulation. The grant is in the amount of $158,000 and has been approved for the first of a proposed two years of funding.

The second grant awarded by the CDC and administered by the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine will provide for the development of a Geographic Information System (GIS) application that will geographically assess the regional and demographic variations in the incidence of late-stage prostate cancer and prostate cancer mortality. The two-year grant provides year one funding in the amount of $137,960.

"Study and research are tools vital to the continued success of this department," Commissioner Christine Grant stated. "Receiving the necessary funding to conduct these important research projects make it possible for the department to continue to provide the kind of care New Jersey's residents deserve and expect."

The immunization grant will provide for the following: a survey of hospitals that will analyze how hospitals implement the immunization regulation for seniors; an evaluation of the impact the regulation has on population immunization rates; appointment of a project manager who will manage these initiatives and keep the project moving on schedule.

The grant, supported by the CDC's Public Health Law Program and National Vaccine Program Office, was awarded following a competitive peer review process. "We are very pleased to support this important impact analysis," said Anthony D. Moulton, Ph.D., Director of the Public Health Law Program. "We look forward to these important research findings being made available to health policy makers."

"This study has been fully funded by the CDC," explained Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, State Epidemiologist and Assistant Commissioner. "It's rewarding to receive funding that will enable us to conduct research on important public health issues that have a potentially broad impact."

Dr. Katherine Hempstead will serve as principal investigator of this study, with Dr. Bresnitz serving as co-principal investigator.

The GIS/Prostate project grant will be used to develop a low cost, public domain system that will identify and map the location of demographic subgroups that are at high risk for prostate cancer mortality.

This GIS application will provide cancer registries, health care providers, health maintenance organizations and health care educators with the tools to analyze the demographic, geographic and health services factors that influence the stage at which diagnosis is made and determine the availability of necessary health services. The project's principal investigator is Ric Skinner, the GIS Coordinator in the Department's Cancer Epidemiology Service.

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