History & Development

Healthy New Jersey 2010


Tracking Healthy New Jersey Progress
Baseline and trend data and graphs for Healthy New Jersey and Healthy People objectives

Healthy New Jersey 2010: Final Assessment Healthy New Jersey 2010: Final Assessment New
Healthy New Jersey 2010:  Update 2005
Progress assessment and trend data and graphs
Healthy New Jersey 2010

Healthy New Jersey 2010: Volume I  (6/2001)
Healthy New Jersey 2010: Volume II  (6/2001)
Baseline data and targets


Healthy People 2010
Federal comprehensive health promotion and disease prevention agenda

Data 2010

Data 2010
Interactive database used to track Healthy People 2010 objectives


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Healthy New Jersey’s Connection to Healthy People

Healthy People 2020 is the 10-year agenda for improving the Nation’s health. It is managed by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  New Jersey, and every other state, has developed its own state-level version of the initiative.

Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) adopted the vision, mission, and overarching goals of Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) but tailored objectives to the health issues facing residents of New Jersey.  While many of HNJ2020’s objectives are the same or similar to those of HP2020, there are also many in HNJ2020 that are not in HP2020 and vice versa.  Additionally, the targets set for achievement by 2020 in Healthy New Jersey are based solely on New Jersey baseline data and therefore differ from the targets presented in HP2020 which are based on national-level data.

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History of Healthy New Jersey

The first Healthy New Jersey project was Healthy New Jersey 2000: A Public Health Agenda for the 1990s .  It was launched in June, 1991 and contained 72 objectives in 11 major health categories.  Update Healthy New Jersey 2000 was published in February, 1996 and in February, 1999, Update Healthy New Jersey 2000: Second Update and Review was the first Healthy New Jersey report published online.  Both documents tracked the progress made toward the 2000 targets using data available at the time of publication. 

The Department of Health’s second Healthy New Jersey initiative, Healthy New Jersey 2010: A Health Agenda for the First Decade of the New Millennium, was released in June, 2001.  The number of objectives and breadth of accompanying information had increased such that the initial document needed to be printed as a two-volume set.  Healthy New Jersey 2010 consisted of 137 objectives in 19 public health areas.  Healthy New Jersey 2010: Update 2005 was published online and in hard copy in May, 2005.  With the DOH Center for Health Statistics’ launch of the New Jersey State Health Assessment Data (NJSHAD) online data access tool in 2007, it was decided to publish all remaining updates to Healthy New Jersey 2010 objectives in health indicator reports within the NJSHAD system.  This plan allows updates to occur on a rolling basis whenever new data are available for a given objective. 

Planning for the Department’s third edition of Healthy New Jersey began in 2008.  Healthy New Jersey 2020 was launched in 2013. 

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Regional Meetings


Healthy New Jersey (HNJ) Regional Meetings were hosted by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (CSHP) in October and November, 2015. The regional meetings were held in Asbury Park, Camden, Newark, Paterson, Trenton, and Vineland and focused on topics aligned with HNJ priorities including improving birth outcomes and childhood immunizations, chronic conditions, and access to primary care. The purpose of these meetings was to advance the HNJ initiative by convening NJDOH grantees, local public health agencies, and community stakeholders to assess the impact, value, and success of health improvement activities taking place statewide, and to identify opportunities for acceleration or course correction.

2015 HNJ Regional Meetings Evaluation Summary

January-February, 2016 Health Matters Article

2016 Rural Health Symposium Poster


New Jersey was awarded a Healthy People 2020 Action Project grant to launch an internal and external awareness campaign, develop new and cultivate existing partnerships, and enlist multi-sector partners in priority setting for health planning initiatives statewide. Special attention was to be paid to social determinants of health.  To that end, three meetings were held in South, Central, and North Jersey to achieve these goals.

Rutgers Center for State Health PolicyThe meetings were planned by the Healthy New Jersey 2020 Regional Meeting Steering Committee at NJDOH and were arranged by the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.  The half-day meetings consisted of four presentations that provided overview information about the Healthy New Jersey 2020 initiative, social determinants of health, the proposed state leading health indicators, and the New Jersey State Health Assessment Data system (NJSHAD).  Additionally, a set of small group breakout sessions were held to facilitate the exchange of best practices,emphasize the concept of “measurable” objectives, demonstrate how attendees could align and tie local health initiatives to Healthy New Jersey, and identify what local agencies need to implement health improvement strategies that are consistent with Healthy New Jersey 2020.

More than one hundred public health professionals from around the state attended the meetings.  Attendees included employees of local health departments, NJDOH and other state agencies, community- and faith-based organizations, educational institutions, hospitals and health care providers, special interest groups, and private for-profit corporations and businesses.  The populations the attendees serve included specific geographic regions, health conditions, age groups, and racial/ethnic/cultural groups as well as professional groups.

Healthy New Jersey

Healthy New Jersey State Coordinator Address [pdf 988k]
Healthy NJ 2020 development, mission, goals, and topic areas

Unnatural Causes

Unnatural Causes:  Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
A PBS documentary series exploring racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health


NJSHAD: New Jersey's Public Health Data Resource [PDF 178k] 
Overview of NJDOH’s online data access tool and Healthy New Jersey tracking resource

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Last Reviewed: 11/15/2016