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Health Indicator Report of Deaths among Black Persons

Analysis of mortality by race/ethnicity is essential to the elimination of health disparities.



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 among persons identified as non-Hispanic Black on their death certificate


Number of deaths among non-Hispanic Blacks


Number of non-Hispanic Blacks in the population

How Are We Doing?

Death rates for both male and female Blacks are declining. The leading causes of death among Blacks in New Jersey are: #heart disease #cancer #unintentional injuries #stroke #diabetes #kidney disease #septicemia #chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD) #homicide #Alzheimer's disease

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The age-adjusted death rate among Blacks in New Jersey is statistically significantly lower than that of the U.S.

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 [ 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: []
Page Content Updated On 09/20/2019, Published on 09/20/2019
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