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Health Indicator Report of Deaths among Asian Persons

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

Notes

*Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, or other Asian. Does not include Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.   Unintentional injuries are commonly referred to as "accidents."

Data Sources

  • 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 Asian persons should be interpreted with caution because of inconsistencies in reporting race on the death certificate as compared with race on censuses, surveys, and birth certificates. Studies have shown underreporting on death certificates of Asian decedents as well as undercounts of this group in the censuses. Nationally, studies have shown a 3% net underreport on death certificates for the Asian and Pacific Islander population.[https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_02/sr02_172.pdf ^1^]

Definition

Deaths among persons identified as Asian on their death certificate

Numerator

Number of deaths among Asians

Denominator

Number of Asians in the population

How Are We Doing?

Death rates for both male and female Asians are generally declining. The leading causes of death among Asians in New Jersey are: #cancer #heart disease #stroke #unintentional injuries #diabetes #septicemia #kidney disease #suicide #chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD) #influenza and pneumonia

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 [http://nj.gov/health/ommh/index.shtml 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: [http://nj.gov/health/ommh/]
Page Content Updated On 07/26/2017, Published on 07/26/2017
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Content updated: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:52:42 EST