Every decade, the Healthy New Jersey initiative develops a new set of evidence-based, 10-year objectives with the goal of improving the health of all New Jerseyans. The development of Healthy New Jersey 2030 (HNJ2030) includes establishing a framework for the initiative, determining topic areas to organize the project, identifying new objectives, setting targets values, and implementing action plans to achieve those targets by the end of the decade.
The development of HNJ2030 is a multiyear process with input from a diverse group of subject matter experts, organizations, and members of the public.
- Refine Topic Area scope
- Action Teams will determine the focus issues of the four Topic Areas.
- Identify relevant health improvement action plans already in use in New Jersey.
- Assess the published plans collectively to identify gaps.
- Community collaboration
- Deploy online surveys and interview community partners to collect crucial information from priority populations around the state about how they were and are affected by COVID-19.
- Objectives, targets, and action plans
- Use quantitative state public health data as well as the qualitative information gathered from the surveys and interviews to establish specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound (SMART) objectives.
- Set target values to be reached by 2030 for those objectives based on Healthy People guidelines.
- Develop new action plans to fill identified gaps between existing plans.
- Collectively, the action plans will become the next State Health Improvement Plan and the objectives will be used for State Health Assessment.
- Showcase HNJ2030 development activities at the joint Population Health Summit/Culture of Health Conference in 2021.
Four broad Topic Areas and three cross-cutting issues were established by the HNJ Advisory Council in October 2019.
The framework explains the central ideas and function of the Healthy New Jersey 2030 initiative and it will guide the selection and prioritization of 2030 objectives. It is adapted from the Healthy People 2030 Framework and was adopted by the HNJ Coordinating Committee in March 2019.
Overall, New Jersey is considered one of the healthiest states in the nation.1 Progress in reducing health outcome differences between various populations is also being made. For example,
- Diabetes2 and stroke3 death rates among the Black population are decreasing much faster than among other groups.
- There was an 83% decline in the Black teen birth rate and a 75% decline in the Hispanic teen birth rate between 2000 and 2017.4
- Tobacco use5 and exposure6 among high school students is lowest among Blacks.
- Mammography rates among Hispanic women rose 12% between 2011 and 2017.7
However, New Jersey still faces challenges with health disparities. Healthy People 2020 states, “Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social or economic obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, age, or mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.” The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asserts that health disparities exist when good health is not experienced evenly across communities and are due to differences in key determinants of health, such as education, safe housing, and discrimination, which adversely affect marginalized or excluded groups. These disparities can lead to excess morbidity and mortality for these diverse populations.
Health equity is attained by reducing and ultimately eliminating disparities so that everyone has a fair opportunity to achieve their full potential for health and well-being across their lifespan.
DOH staff have been following the development of Healthy People 2030 since 2017, a new internal HNJ2030 Coordinating Committee was formed in early 2019, a new HNJ2030 Advisory Council was established in September 2019, and Action Teams began forming in March 2020.
Go to the Workgroups, committees, and councils page to learn more.
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