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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Asthma

Asthma prevalence is at historically high levels and is one of the most common long-term diseases of children.


This is the new Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective AS-1.

Data Sources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Compressed Mortality File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at []
  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, [ State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Deaths with asthma as the underlying cause of death. ICD-10 codes: J45-J46


Number of deaths due to asthma


Total number of persons in the population

Healthy People Objective: Reduce asthma deaths

U.S. Target: a. children and adults under age 35 years: no target, b. adults aged 35 to 64 years old: 4.9 deaths per million, c. adults aged 65 years and older: 21.5 deaths per million

Other Objectives

'''Updated Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective AS-1''': Reduce the age-adjusted death rate due to asthma per 100,000 persons to 0.8 for the total population, 0.5 among Whites, 2.4 among Blacks, and 0.9 among Hispanics. '''Original Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective AS-1a''': Reduce the death rate due to asthma per 100,000 persons aged 35 to 64 years to 0.8. '''Original Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective AS-1b''': Reduce the death rate due to asthma per 100,000 persons aged 65 years and over to 2.0 for the total and White populations and 6.0 among Blacks.

How Are We Doing?

There are about 100 deaths each year due to asthma in New Jersey. Although the numbers are relatively small and the rates are low, a large disparity still exists between racial/ethnic groups.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The age-adjusted death rate due to asthma in New Jersey is the same as in the nation as a whole.

What Is Being Done?

The NJDOH funds the [ Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey] (PACNJ) to act as a statewide clearinghouse for asthma programs and services. NJDOH has partnered with key stakeholders within the state to create an Asthma Strategic Plan to serve as a coordinated statewide planning guide.

Available Services

Resources for asthma sufferers: []

Health Program Information

NJ Asthma Awareness and Education Program (AAEP): []
Page Content Updated On 08/28/2019, Published on 08/28/2019
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