Leading Health Indicators

Leading Health Indicators are a small set of Healthy New Jersey 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues and actions that can be taken to address them. New Jersey’s Leading Health Indicators are intended to reflect the state’s major public health concerns at the beginning of the decade. 

What Are the Leading Health Indicators? (PDF)


Status of Leading Health Indicators
December 2020

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Click the underlined words in the headers below to see the most recent data for each LHI.

Access to Primary Care: Personal DoctorBirth Outcomes: Infant DeathChildhood Immunization

Increase the proportion of adults with a personal doctor or health care provider

  • Baseline (2011): 83.5%
  • Target (2020): 90.0%

Target not met as of 2017 and there is little or no detectable change in the trend.

Reduce the infant death rate per 1,000 live births

  • Baseline (2007): 5.1
  • Target (2020): 4.8


Target met in 2012.

Increase the percentage of children who receive the recommended doses of DTaP, polio, MMR, Hib, hepatitis B, varicella, and PCV by 24 months of age

  • Baseline (2010): 51.6%
  • Target (2020): 80.0%

Target not met as of 2018, but trend is generally improving.

Heart Disease: Death Rate  Obesity: Adults Obesity: Teens 

Reduce the death rate due to coronary heart disease per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)

  • Baseline (2007): 140.1
  • Target (2020): 112.1

Target met in 2014.

Prevent an increase in the proportion of the adult population (aged 20+ years) that is obese

  • Baseline (2011): 23.8%
  • Target (2020): 23.8% 

Target not met as of 2017 and trend is getting worse.

Prevent an increase in the proportion of the high school student population that is obese

  • Baseline (2009): 10.3%
  • Target (2020): 10.3%

Target not met as of 2019, the final data year for the decade.


Last Reviewed: 12/10/2020