Center for Health Statistics

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About the Center for Health Statistics

  • What is the Center for Health Statistics?
    The Center for Health Statistics (CHS) is a unit of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning in the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH).  CHS serves as the principal resource for public health data expertise and source for statistics on vital events, self-reported behavioral risk factors, and injuries (including suicide and homicide) used for improving statewide public health surveillance and supporting research for NJDOH, other state departments, local health departments, academic researchers, health professionals, legislators, media, and the general public.

  • What does the Center for Health Statistics do?

    • The New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (NJBRFS) is a telephone survey that is partially funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a component of the national Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The BRFSS monitors major behavioral risk factors and chronic conditions associated with disability and death among adults. The NJBRFS has been in operation since 1991.


    • The New Jersey State Health Assessment Data (NJSHAD) online data access tool includes an interactive query system that provides users with customized tables and graphs of New Jersey health data such as births and deaths.  In addition, NJSHAD also provides public health indicator profiles, technical information about state public health data and statistics, and links to other data sources. 

    • The New Jersey Violent Death Reporting System (NJVDRS) is a CDC-funded surveillance project, in which information on violent deaths, primarily homicides and suicides, is gathered and linked from a variety of sources including death certificates, police reports and Supplemental Homicide Reports, medical examiners’ reports, laboratory reports, hospitalization reports, and child fatality review board records.

    • Quality control, data file enhancement, and geospatial coding of birth, death, fetal death, infant death, and marriage data is conducted by CHS staff. 

    • CHS staff are responsible for the coordination of the Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) state health initiative.  HNJ2020 is modeled after the federal Healthy People 2020 program and is the State’s 10-year health promotion and disease prevention plan.