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Help, FAQs, and More

Through doing NJSHAD demonstrations, we've found that some users need additional assistance so they can get started using NJSHAD. Aspects of the system that we take for granted as "easy" actually aren't to users who are not experienced with online data query systems. This section covers many NJSHAD basics. If you think of other things we should add here, please let us know. Our users are valued stakeholders who can help improve NJSHAD to be more accessible and useful to them.

Site Navigation

  • The top navigation menu is the same on every NJSHAD page, so you should always be able to find your way back home.


Open and Close
  • Throughout NJSHAD you will see down arrows and Xs.
  • Clicking will open or expand the content below it.
  • Clicking will close or collapse the content below it.

Help Icons
  • In the Dataset Query section of NJSHAD, you'll see help icons.
  • Hover over the blue question marks and you'll get a pop-up with more information.
  • Click the globes to go to another page with a lot more information.

Who's responsible?

  • At the bottom of each indicator report and query result page, below a solid gray line and above the dark grey footer, you'll see italicized text with a program name, address, URL, and possibly contact info.
  • That is the program in NJDOH that's responsible for the information on that page. They may not necessarily have put the info into NJSHAD, but they are the original source of the data or information.
  • If you have questions about the information on a page (other than website-related issues), that's who you should contact for more information.

Hover Over

  • Throughout NJSHAD, you can hover your mouse over certain text to see a pop-up with more information about where that link will take you or get more information about an image.

Graph and Map Secrets

Hover Over
  • In NJSHAD graphs and maps, if you hover your mouse pointer over a data point, the corresponding data (rate, numerator, denominator, etc.) will pop-up.

Removing Graph Categories
  • Let's say you have a graph for four causes of death over the years 2010 to 2020 and you decide you only want to see two of the causes. Go to the legend/key at the bottom of the graph and click the causes you no longer want to see and they'll disappear from the graph!
  • Click them again and they'll come back.
  • This works for any category, not just causes of death.

Fun With Maps
  • ⇦ In the top left corner of each map are tools to zoom in (+)
    and zoom out (-).

    4 arrows: zoom way out.
    Rounded arrow: reset map to original size.
  • ⇦ In the top right corner of each map is a control panel.
    Click the X to shrink the panel.
    Click None under Base Map to remove the terrain layer.
    Click the down arrows to download the GeoJSON files.

Rearranging Columns

  • All NJSHAD table columns can be moved from left to right to rearrange the order in which they are displayed.
  • Click the column header, drag the column to where you want it, and let go.

Sorting, Hiding, and Filtering Table Columns

  • All NJSHAD tables have three dots in the column headers that can be used to sort and hide columns and to filter rows.
  • Clicking on the arrow will bring up this menu:
  • The first two choices, obviously, sort the table by the data in that column: low value to high value or vice versa.
  • Clicking or hovering over Columns will show a list of the column names with checkboxes.
  • Unchecking a box will hide that column from the table. Checking the box will bring it back.
  • Clicking or hovering over Filter will show a selection box that lets you only show rows that contain certain values.

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All NJSHAD pages use a font size based on the browser's font size setting (typically located via the "View/Text Size" menu selection). This allows the font size of the NJSHAD pages to be increased or decreased by simply changing this setting. Note that this setting will/could effect other pages viewed within the browser if that page has been coded to use the browser's font size setting.

Help! I don't understand NJSHAD. Where do I begin?

Why do most death/mortality indicator reports stop at 2020?

  • There is a disconnect between population estimates from before and after the 2020 Census that can show false "jumps" in mortality rates. The 2010 to 2020 Intercensal Estimates will become the official estimates for the 2010-2020 decade and are currently scheduled to become available in Fall 2024. They are produced by modifying the Vintage 2020 estimates to account for differences between these estimates and the results of the 2020 Census. The result is a consistent time series from the 2010 Census to the 2020 Census.

    After the intercensal population estimates become available, 2010-2020 mortality rates in NJSHAD will be recalculated and rates for 2021 onward will be added to indicator reports.

Where can I get a copy of or make a change to a birth, death, or marriage certificate?

Where can I find mental health data?

Where can I find data and information about services available for disabilities and Medicaid?

Where can I find data about hospitals and other facilities?

Where can I find population estimates, per capita personal income, and unemployment data?

  • The State Data Center, located in the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, maintains these data.
  • The US Census Bureau's website also has numerous tools for accessing this type of data.

Where can I get the number of births or deaths for a specific county or town in NJ?

When will the next year of data be available?

I'm doing a Community Health Assessment and I need to know...

  • What are the leading causes of morbidity in NJ, my county, and my town?
  • What are the top health issues facing people in NJ, a certain county, or a particular town?
    Unfortunately, we don't have an answer for that. Morbidity (the prevalence or incidence of a disease or condition) data are not available for all diseases, so there is no easy way to rank them. Additionally, there is no standard definition of what conditions should be included when ranking morbidity, like there is for mortality. In other words, is it only life-threatening conditions or do we include mild and moderate conditions?

    Top health issues present a similar problem. There is no standard definition. Are you only considering diagnosable conditions or are you also considering things like lack of health insurance coverage, access to primary care doctors, or the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in the area?

    For these types of questions, you may be able to get some guidance from the county or local health department or a community organization engaged in health improvement practices in that area. Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs), which identify priority public health issues and strategies to address these complex and persistent challenges, are required for all 21 counties and some large municipalities. Your area's CHIP may provide the answers you need.

    If you already have particular health conditions or issues in mind (e.g., obesity, smoking prevalence) and you now need data, our Additional Data Resources page and the Healthy New Jersey project provide links to available data.

Where can I find disease incidence and prevalence data?

Do race groups include Hispanics? Does the Asian race category include Pacific Islanders?

I'm a researcher. I need a dataset I can slice and dice myself.

  • If you need microlevel data, personal identifiers, or variables not included in the NJSHAD query system, visit NJDOH's Institutional Review Board for more information.