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Health Indicator Report of Deaths among Hispanic 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

Data Interpretation Issues

Death rates for Hispanic persons should be interpreted with caution because of inconsistencies in reporting Hispanic origin on the death certificate as compared with on censuses, surveys, and birth certificates. Studies have shown underreporting on death certificates of Hispanic decedents as well as undercounts of this group in the censuses. Nationally, studies have shown a 3% net underreport on death certificates for the Hispanic population. [ ^1^]


Deaths among persons identified as Hispanic on their death certificate


Number of deaths among Hispanics


Number of Hispanics in the population

How Are We Doing?

Death rates for both male and female Hispanics are generally declining. The leading causes of death among Hispanics in New Jersey are: #cancer #heart disease #unintentional injury #stroke #diabetes #Alzheimer's disease #septicemia #chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD) #chronic liver disease and cirrhosis #influenza and pneumonia

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The age-adjusted death rate among Hispanics in New Jersey is significantly below that of the U.S. as a whole.

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 09/25/2019, Published on 09/25/2019
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