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Important Facts for Deaths among Asian Persons

Definition

Deaths among persons identified as Asian on their death certificate

Numerator

Number of deaths among Asians

Denominator

Number of Asians in the population

Data Interpretation Issues

Death 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 are: #cancer #heart disease #stroke #diabetes #unintentional injuries #septicemia #kidney disease #influenza and pneumonia #suicide #chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD)

What Is Being Done?

Assessing, prioritizing, and addressing health disparities is a top objective of the Department of Health's 2016-2018 strategic plan. The [http://nj.gov/health/ommh/index.shtml Office of Minority and Multicultural Health] is leading the effort to reduce -- and eventually eliminate -- the gaps in health status between New Jersey's minority and multicultural communities and the state as a whole.

Health Program Information

NJDOH Office of Minority and Multicultural Health: [http://nj.gov/health/ommh/]
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