News Release

PO 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Christine Grant
Commissioner
For Release:
November 12, 1999
For Further Information Contact:
Rita Manno or Marilyn Riley
(609) 984-7160
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Public Hearings on Year 2010 Health Goals
Feature Expert Testimony on Health Themes

TRENTON - The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services invites the public to testify at hearings next week on Healthy New Jersey 2010: A Health Agenda for the First Decade of the New Millennium. The draft public health agenda sets ambitious goals to help foster good health for all New Jerseyans.

Hearings will be held November 16, 17 and 18 in Newark, Trenton and Blackwood, respectively. Sessions run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. During the daytime sessions, invited health experts will testify on special topics related to the Healthy New Jersey 2010 report.

The themes and location information for each hearing are as follows:

At the opening of both the daytime and evening sessions, Marilyn Dahl, director of the department's Office of Policy and Research, will make a presentation on the development of the draft public health agenda and its health objectives. The invited health experts will then speak and public testimony will begin immediately afterward. Members of the public may speak on any topic related to the Healthy New Jersey document, and do not have to limit their remarks to the theme topic for the day.

Healthy New Jersey 2010 sets 142 health objectives in 19 major areas, such as maternal and child health, healthy behaviors, and preventing and reducing diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and others. Examples of objectives are: reducing the black infant mortality rate, reducing the percentage of high school students who are current smokers, and reducing the death rate from heart disease. Each objective has a target rate or percentage for 2010 which represents an improvement in health for all racial groups.

The report is a valuable resource for many organizations. Health care providers and institutions, researchers and educators, community groups and government at all levels can use the information in identifying needed services, planning programs or preparing grant applications.

Following the series of public hearings, the draft document will be revised and released in final form next April.

Copies of Healthy New Jersey 2010 may be obtained by calling (609) 984-6702. It is also available on the department's web site at www.state.nj.us/health.

Anyone not attending the hearing but wishing to submit comments should do so by December 30, either by e-mail or regular mail. Comments may be e-mailed to: mmarks@doh.state.nj.us or mailed to:

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Attention: Healthy New Jersey 2010 Comments
Office of Policy and Research
P.O. Box 360/Eighth Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

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