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Newark By the Numbers: Health

This guide focuses on resources containing data on the city of Newark, New Jersey. For an extensive bibliography (books, articles, reports, web sites) on Newark see The Newark Experience .

Social & Health Indicators

New Jersey Chartbook of Substance Abuse Related Social Indicators: Essex County
May, 2013. Substance abuse related social and health indicators. Includes municipal data.

Behavioral Risk Surveillance Survey

NJ Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Data Query.
Create customized tables of NJBRFS prevalence estimates for selected risk factors stratified by age, sex, race/ethnicity, nativity, marital status, education, employment status, and geographic area of residence (NJ counties, Newark, and Jersey City).

Newark Health

Use the New Jersey State Health Assessment Data (NJSHAD) database to generate Newark health statistics tables.
New Jersey Health Statistics from 1877 to 2000: An Historical Electronic Compendium of Published Reports
Scanned annual reports on health and health-related data and statistics; includes lots of Newark-specific data. Compiled by Mark C. Fulcomer and Marcia M. Sass.


Newark EMA HIV Health Services Planning Council Reports
The Newark Eligible Metropolitan Area Health Services Planning Council includes Essex, Union, Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties. The Newark EMA provides direct care and services for about 9000 persons living with HIV or AIDS. Site includes health plan, needs assessment, and resource allocation reports.
HIV Risk, Prevention, and Testing Behaviors Among Men Who Have Sex With Men -- National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System, 21 U.S. Cities, United States, 2008
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summaries 60(SS14);1-34, October 28, 2011.
"Geographical AIDS Rates and Socio-Demographic Variable in the Newark, New Jersey Metropolitan Area,"
Dale J. Hu AIDS & Public Policy Journal 9(1), Spring 1994, 20-24.
Study examining the relationship between socioeconomic factors and the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Newark. Based on December 1991 zip code data, median household income was the variable most strongly associated with higher cumulative AIDS incidence. Available?

Lead Poisoning

"Lead Poisoning: More Than a Medical Problem,"
D. Jean Schneider and Marvin A. Lavenhar. American Journal of Public Health 76(3), March 1986, 242-244.
Lead paint used in pre-1950 housing is a major source of lead poisoning in children. In 1980 66 percent of Newark's housing stock predated 1950. An examination of the medical records of 236 Newark children treated for lead poisoning between 1977 and 1980 found that the number of cases began to rise after 1976, when a decrease in federal funding resulted in cutbacks in prevention and screening programs. Rutgers-restricted Access
Part 2: Housing Crisis Causes Health Crisis: Lead Prevention in Newark Proves Almost Impossible.
Judy Peet and Russell Ben-Ali. November 5, 2001.
Part of a Newark Star-Ledger series on lead poisoning.
Childhood Lead Poisoning in New Jersey Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2010
Chapter 3: Spotlight on Newark City. "Newark has the heaviest burden of childhood lead poisoning in the entire state..."


Health, United States, 2010
Table 82: Vaccination coverage among children 19-35 months of age, by state and selected urban area: United States, selected years 2002-2009.