Health Disparities

Reducing health disparity among New Jerseyans is an overarching goal of the Department of Health and Healthy New Jersey.



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Community Profiles

On the NJSHAD community dashboard builder, select one of the four major racial/ethnic groups in New Jersey and a set of health indicators (including 56 HNJ objectives) to quickly and easily see how that community compares to the state as a whole.

Indicator Reports

Most or all of the NJSHAD indicator reports in these categories have one or more views by race/ethnicity:

Custom Data Queries

These datasets in the NJSHAD query system have race and/or ethnicity among the variable choices:

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Survey
  • Births
  • Deaths/Mortality
  • Emergency Department Visits
  • Fetal Deaths
  • Infant Deaths
  • Inpatient Hospital Discharges
  • Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Other Data Sources

More data related to race and ethnicity for these topics are available on NJDOH program websites:

More Information

  • The Office of Minority and Multicultural Health leads the effort to reduce and eventually eliminate the gaps in health status between New Jersey's minority and multicultural communities and in the state as a whole.
  • Family Health Services administers programs that enhance the health, safety, and well-being of families and communities in New Jersey, including programs addressing maternal, infant, and child health as well as chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, and sickle cell disease which disproportionately affect some minority groups.

  • HIV, STD, and TB Services uses its resources to help community-based networks deliver high-quality, comprehensive services that meet the language and cultural needs of the people they serve.
  • Cultural Competency among health professionals means respecting and adapting to different attitudes, expectations, beliefs, and communication styles among diverse populations.
  • Occupational Health and Workplace Safety includes information on OSHA, Right to Know, workplace injuries, hazardous exposures, and more, as well as several documents in Spanish.
  • The Department of Human Services' Senior Nutrition Programs: Promising Practices for Diverse Populations is a directory of programs intended to bridge the cultural divide and offer assistance to seniors of all backgrounds, including those with limited English skills.

A health disparity is a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial and/or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.1


Priority Areas

New Jersey P.L.2004, c.137 established the "Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative" in the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH) and set forth priority areas for OMMH to develop and implement a comprehensive, coordinated plan to reduce health disparities between White and racial and ethnic minority populations in the State.

The health disparity priority areas are:

  • asthma
  • breast, cervical, prostate, and colorectal cancer screening
  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes
  • hepatitis C
  • immunizations (adult and child)
  • infant mortality
  • kidney disease
  • obesity
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • unintentional injuries and violence

Healthy New Jersey

Data and target values for Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians are given for every objective based on person-level data. When a single year of data does not provide enough events to calculate reliable rates for all racial/ethnic groups, three-year averages are used, if available.  For some objectives, three years of data combined still do not include enough events to calculate statistically reliable rates and are indicated as such in HNJ documents. For some data sources outside of NJDOH, data are not available for the four major racial/ethnic subgroups used in New Jersey.

Newest New JerseyansHealth of the Newest New Jerseyans report cover

The Health of the Newest New Jerseyans updates health care providers statewide on the health status and behaviors of New Jersey's growing foreign-born population. The report includes important demographic information and geographic trends related to this population, compares select health outcomes and behaviors of state residents by race/ethnicity and nativity status, and examines the impact of duration of U.S. residence on foreign-born residents' health.

Race and Ethnicity Coding Guidelines

Race and Ethnicity Coding Guidelines for the New Jersey Department of Health and its Grantees is consistent with the 1997 OMB-15 directive and provides a description of the mutually exclusive race and ethnicity categories as well as guidance on how to collect data on primary language spoken in the home. The Guidelines establish the gold standard by which all NJDOH race and ethnicity data should be collected and disseminated.

1National Stakeholder Strategy, Healthy People 2020 and Health and Human Services (HHS) Plan 2011.





Last Reviewed: 2/26/2019