DefinitionDeaths among persons identified as Asian on their death certificate
NumeratorNumber of deaths among Asians
DenominatorNumber of Asians in the population
Data Interpretation IssuesDeath rates for Asian persons should be interpreted with caution because of inconsistencies in reporting race on the death certificate as compared with race on censuses, surveys, and birth certificates. Studies have shown underreporting on death certificates of Asian decedents as well as undercounts of this group in the censuses. Nationally, studies have shown a 3% net underreport on death certificates for the Asian and Pacific Islander population.[https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_02/sr02_172.pdf ^1^]
Why Is This Important?Analysis of mortality by race/ethnicity is essential to the elimination of health disparities.
How Are We Doing?Death rates for both male and female Asians are generally declining. The leading causes of death among Asians in New Jersey in 2019 were:
#chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD)
#influenza and pneumonia
What Is Being Done?Health equity is a priority in the [https://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/hnj2020/documents/ship2020.pdf 2020 New Jersey State Health Improvement Plan] and a guiding principle of the [https://healthy.nj.gov/2030/topics-objectives/cross-cutting-issues/equity/ Healthy New Jersey 2030] initiative.
Health Program InformationNJDOH Office of Minority and Multicultural Health: [http://nj.gov/health/ommh/]